A contemporary new dramedy play, “Applewood” will be read on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library and will take about one hour. The readers will include “snowbird seniors” as well as accomplished actors, including Don Goodrum and Bruce Collier.
StoryTeller Series - Dinner with Booker T.
On Oct. 16, 1901, Booker T. Washington became the first Negro to dine at the White House. Through song and dance, multiple characters are portrayed in this solo show in which Mr. Washington recalls the joys and racial aftermath of this infamous dinner. Written and performed by Broadway artist Darryl Reuben Hall, Dinner with Booker T. is a one time performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Emerald Coast Theatre Company at 560 Upstairs in Grand Boulevard. Tickets can be purchased at vendidi.com.
Mardi Gras Ball
A Mardi Gras Ball will be held from 7-11 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. The event is a benefit for Fresh Start for Children & Families. There will be a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. Get tickets at www.freshstartfl.com or call 243-5648. Tickets are $75 each, or tables of 10 are available for $700.
Tophats & Tails
Save Our Cats & Kittens (SOCKS) will host its second annual Tophats & Tails — A Cause for Claws (THAT) from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Aruba Ballroom, The Island, 1500 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. The attire is semi-formal for the annual fundraiser with a steampunk flair, with a plated dinner, music, silent auctions, and a cash bar. Guest speaker Jennifer Bitner of Pensacola Humane Society will speak on the subject of community cats and ways to reduce numbers humanely. Sponsorships are still available. For tickets and information, visit www.saveourcatsandkittens.com.
Senior Citizen Prom
South Walton High School Student Government Association presents Winter Wonderland, the 2020 Senior Citizens Prom, from 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at South Walton High School, 645 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Evening includes refreshments, cakewalk, music, dancing, and the king and queen. Cost is $15/single and $25/couple. RSVP to email@example.com.
Art Display at the Destin Library
The artwork of the Beaty family will be on display all through February at the Destin Library. The colorful and diverse paintings line the walls of the library and are available for viewing during normal business hours.
ADSO Window Gallery Display
In February the Window Gallery of the Arts & Design Society at 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach is highlighting the work of ADSO President Nick Smith, MFA. He specializes in acrylic painting, collage and video, and will show a colorful combination of landscape, abstract and figurative paintings with a local flavor. While the window art is available for viewing 24/7, office and gallery hours are 12-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and the gallery, which is free to the public, is also open from 1-4 p.m., Saturday.
One Woman Performance
Nancy Hasty has written and will perform as Jackie Cochran at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Chautauqua Theatre in DeFuniak Springs. The performance is a benefit for the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood’s interior furnishings. Reserve tickets, which are limited, by sending $25/ticket to “Play” at 504 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL. 32435. Make your check payable to Forward DeFuniak, Inc. and write “Play” on the memo line. With identification, your tickets will await you at the box office. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. Call 850-830-7663.
Brunch, Rhythm & Brews
Enjoy brunch and brews beginning at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at Harry T's Lighthouse, Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi and Margaritaville. A live concert starts at 2 p.m. with The Two HooDoos on the main stage at HarborWalk Village.
Feb. 16: Bobby D Duo
Feb. 23: Joe Fingas
Bob Dylan & Neil Young Tribute
Experience the music of Bob Dylan and Neil Young in a unique tribute show featuring Desolation Road and Rust & Gold from 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Warehouse 360 Music Hall, 360 WRM Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com. Dylan and Young joined forces to perform an epic concert in New York in 1994 and repeated the show 25 years later in London and again in Ireland this past July. Recreating the music of two of the most influential songwriters of the last 100 years, both Desolation Road and Rust & Gold have worked hard to create an authentic tribute to these two troubadours and their songs.
Broadway shows at MKAC
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents Bandstand the Musical Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49 at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/. It’s 1945, and six soldiers return from war to a changed nation. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.
• Jersey Boys: Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard … and the radio just couldn’t get enough of it. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story, a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.
• The Choir of Man: March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography.
• The SpongeBob Musical: May 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets $49. Broadway’s best creative minds re-imagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears.” (Daily Beast).
Marlin Grill Valentine’s Day Dinner
Marlin Grill will celebrate the day of love with an elegant Valentine’s Day Dinner available Feb. 14-Feb. 16. Each night, beginning at 5 p.m., a three-course special menu for two featuring a selection of prime steaks, seafood, and Marlin Grill’s famous hand-crafted desserts will be offered. Diners will also enjoy three half-bottles of wine. Reservations are required and the price for two is $200. There is a limited number of seats available each night. Call 850-351-1990 to book.
Valentine’s Celebration Winter Concert
The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host a Valentine’s Celebration Winter Concert (weather permitting) from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 on the lawn, featuring Ron Adams and his renowned Elvis Presley Tribute Show. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.Various Market Shops merchants will showcase along the lawn offering food and beverages for purchase, along with shopping opportunities.
Valentine Dinner, Dancing Cruises
SunQuest Cruises Solaris Valentine’s Dinner and Dancing Cruises will be held from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14 and 5-8 p.m. Feb. 15. Romance the night away with a special three-course, chef-prepared meal, then dance the night away to live entertainment. The Solaris is docked at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required online at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Sandestin Gumbo Festival
The 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival takes over Baytowne Wharf Feb. 14-15. From 12-4 p.m. Saturday, guests will enjoy live Zydeco music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, family activities and a gumbo cook-off. Sample and vote for your favorite in the People's Choice category. Also vote for "Best Bloody Mary at the Beach." For more information, visit www.sandestingumbofestival.com.
The Annual Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in Santa Rosa Beach. This event, centered around the blooming of the camellias, is a time to celebrate the natural beauty and history of the park. Hosted by The Friends of Eden, it is free with paid park admission ($4 per car). Additional parking for the event will be at Bay School with tram service to the park. Summer Kitchen will be at the park selling food and drinks. Live music provided by The Earth Vibes Band on the bayou stage.
Valentine to 30A
All That Jazz and More will be onstage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Repertory Theatre in Seaside.Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Pups, Paddles & Pints
“Pups, Paddles & Pints,” a fundraiser for the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at BOTE FWB/Boardroom Pub & Grub, 158 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE in Fort Walton Beach.
The event features a drawing for a BOTE Breeze Aero Paddleboard worth $699, food by the Boardroom Pub & Grub and The Cowhead, a free pint of beer, and PAWS dogs and cats up for adoption. Tickets for the paddleboard are $10 each, or three for $20, and can be purchased at BOTE, Boardroom Pub & Grub, and PAWS, 752 Lovejoy Road NW. Need not be present to win.
Christ the King Concert Series
Enjoy an afternoon of music at Christ the King, 480 North County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 for Beethoven's 4th Symphony: This is a work of boundless energy and excitement with surges and restless underpinnings that mark the demanding piece.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library once again present their Independent Film Series beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 with the film “Nine to Five.” These movies are free to the public and you may bring light refreshments.
If you have any questions about the Friends Guild or the movie series, stop by the Destin Library or give them a call at 837-8572.
“Nine to Five” (1980) is an office satire about three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss by abducting him and running the business themselves. The trio, one of whom was passed over for promotion because she is a woman, spend a night together having fantasies of killing the slave-driving chauvinist. The following day, they panic when they suspect one of them really has poisoned the tyrant. The film stars Dolly Parton (who also performs the theme song), Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dabney Coleman.
Enjoy an evening full of free champagne and shopping as you Sip and Shop through the Village of Baytowne streets from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 20 and March 12. This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be open to the public.
Call to Artists: 61st Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition
The Arts and Design Society is inviting all artists, 18 years of age or older, to submit works for the 61st Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition to be held at the Arts and Design Society Gallery. Registration is Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gallery. Entry fee is $25/members; $35/non-members, for two entries; an additional entry may be made for $5, with a limit of three entries total. Cash awards. The exhibition runs Feb. 21-23 with a reception and silent auction on Sunday, 2-4 p.m. For further information and entry form, visit www.artsdesignsociety.org or call 850-582-1329.
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Maytag Virgin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22 and 27-29 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 1 at 560 Upstairs in Grand Boulevard. For ages 13 and older.
Set in the small fictional town of Lenoraville, Ala., Maytag Virgin tells the story of recently widowed Elizabeth Nash and her new next door neighbor, Jack Key. Lizzy grieves outwardly over the recent death of her husband, but her inner world is filled with deep regret and secret longing. Maytag Virgin is the perfect feel-good romantic dramatic comedy with heart.
Mardi Gras Big Easy Bar Crawl
Dress in your Mardi Gras best for a bingo style bar crawl at HarborWalk Village from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Feb. 21. Pick up bingo cards at 6:30 and turn back in by 9:30 for raffle drawing. Compete for the title of Mardi Gras King & Queen at Coyote Ugly starting at 10 p.m.
Known for her expressive and earthy vocals, Missy Andersen received the coveted Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and again in 2016. She will perform at The REP at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Mardi Gras Parade & Pawdi Gras
Fais Do-Do takes the stage at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 followed by beads, dazzling floats and street performers as the parade rolls at 4 p.m. in HarborWalk Village. Enter your pup in a spirited Pawdi Gras Pet Costume contest following the parade. Registration starts at 5.
Mardi Gras Food & Wine Festival
The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild invites the public to an afternoon of tapas, wine and a silent auction to the theme of Mardi Gras. Enjoy the Mardi Gras Food & Wine Festival from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Northwest Florida State College’s Niceville campus on the first floor of Building 400 (Student Services Center). Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Purchase online at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Mardi Gras Parade
The streets at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with floats, golf carts, and pick up trucks at 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.
3rd Annual Hops for Hounds
Dog-Harmony's Third Annual Hops for Hounds will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Destin Commons. Take a dog-walk to each of the murals at Destin Commons and snap a photo with you and your FURever friend. Then enjoy an after party at World of Beer with beer and live music. Be sure to check out World of Beers dog menu. Registered walkers receive a complimentary dog bandana, and admission to an incredible family-friendly morning with the hounds that have our hearts. Registration is $20 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi
Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. "Laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll) with the free Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 for a Village Street party complete with music, street performers, entertainers and more. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments.
Vin'tij Wine Dinner Series
Join Vin'tij Food & Wine in Grand Boulevard at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 for the first in a series of wine dinners benefiting the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF). Vin'tij, known for its creative menus and impressive wine boutique, presents Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars in celebration of MKAF's 25th Season. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite, Facebook, and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation website event page. Tickets are $150 (gratuity not included) per person and seating is limited. For more information, visit www.MKAF.org or call 650-2226.
Bob Dylan & Neil Young Tribute
Fans of Bob Dylan and Neil Young are in for a special treat as Ronnie McBrayer of Desolation Road and Nick Turner of Rust & Gold perform some of the Dylan/Young hits in a rare acoustic show from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Sound Cafe & Enlightened Studios, 142 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Tickets are $10 and available at eventbrite.com.
NFB returns to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to present the beloved fairytale Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 2:30 p.m. March 1. Performances will feature live orchestral accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro David Ott. This timeless classic brings to life a cavalcade of enchanting characters, brilliant dancing, vibrant costumes and a magical set sure to hold you under its spell. Box-office priced tickets are $40/adults and $20/children 12 and under.
Dan Rodriguez has shared the stage with artists and bands and will take the stage at The REP at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Dion Jones & The Neon Tears at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
March 11: Boukou Groove
March 18: The Shakedown
March 25: Forrest Williams Band
Guest conductor Steven Byess leads the NFSO in an evening of rhythmic music celebrating the elements of dance in Dance the music of Beethoven and Bernstein at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $25/adult, $16/youth. Purchase at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/.
Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera: April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25/adult, $16/youth. The NFSO season finale will open with performances from the winners of the 33rd Annual Concerto Competition. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will then join the orchestra performing opera choruses from popular operas. Maestro David Hoose will be the guest conductor for this show.
President’s Speaker Series
Dale Berra, the son of Yogi Berra, is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1977 to 1987. However, cocaine slowly took Dale’s promising career away, and it could have taken his life if it wasn’t for his father’s love. He will share his story of overcoming adversity to reach his personal goals at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. March 13. The speaker’s series are free, but seating is limited.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Season
The Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series presents “Jurassic Park in Concert” at the Emerald Coast Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. May 16. Experience it projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
May 24: The season comes to an official close with Sinfonia Goes Pops!, presented al fresco on the amphitheater lawn at Alys Beach at 7:30 p.m. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive firework display.
St. Patty's Day Delight- Paint the Village Green
Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 6-9 p.m. March 17 featuring Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and live music from The Blenders. Guests can also enjoy merchant specials around the Village of Baytowne Wharf for St. Patty's Day all night long.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf for “Moana” at 7:15 p.m. March 22.
March 29: Toy Story 4
April 5 Ralph Breaks the Internet
Shard & Chardonnay
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Chardonnay while you create a ShardWorx masterpiece at 4:30 p.m. every Friday at The Shard Shop, 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway #114 in Destin and at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Fridays in Grayton Beach at 26 Logan Lane. You are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice.
Family Fun Fest
Join in the free fun Friday nights for Family Fun Fest from 6-10 p.m. at Seascape Towne Centre, located near Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Event features live music performances, food and drink specials and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a live magic show.
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 Memorial Day through Labor Day.
30A Farmers’ Market
Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.