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Bourbon at the Bay
Sample bourbon, scotch, and champagne, try your luck in the Destin Commons wine pull, and bid on your choice of gifts, trips, and more in the silent auction during the Sixth Annual Bourbon at the Bay from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 15 Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club in Destin. Tickets are $45 at https://destinchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/23438. Call 837-6241.
Landmarks of the Emerald Coast
The Arts and Design Society hosts its Land-marks of the Emerald Coast show through Dec. 14, featuring art in any medium that depicts a landmark found along the Emerald Coast. A re-ception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16 with a special Battle of the Brushes, a competition in which those who enter must turn out a painting of the same local landmark in 45 minutes. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
A Chorus Line
Stage Crafters presents A Chorus Line Nov. 16-18. Friday and Saturday per-formances are at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays at Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 109 Miracle Strip Parkway SW. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Medley Printing in Fort Walton Beach, Bayou Books in Niceville, online at www.StageCraftersFWB.com or at the door. Student tickets are $15 with valid ID at the door.
The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) presents The Nutcracker Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and features live musical accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra, led by music director and conductor David Ott. Box office prices for adults are $38 and $18/hildren 12 and under.
Lightwire Theater returns with A Very Elec-tric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Destin United Methodist Church's Life Center. Box office priced tickets for are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.
Last event of the season is New Moves at 7:30 p.m. March 8; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 9; and 2:30 p.m. March 10 performed in a specially designed black box theater at NFB's downtown studios, 310 Perry Ave. in Fort Walton Beach. Box office priced tickets for New Moves are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.
Toy 4 Tots Motorcycle Ride
The Emerald Coast Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) Chapter #3605, sponsored by Emerald Coast Harley Davidson, will host their 39th Annual Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Run Nov. 18 to benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Children in Crisis. Entry fee is $10 and a new toy or gift card. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at Sam’s Club parking lot in Fort Walton Beach. Parade starts at 11 a.m. from there and ends at the Niceville Mullet Festival site for music, food, chance drawing games, mo-torcycle contests and more. Call 499-8018.
ADSO window display
During November, The Arts and Design Society presents the watercolor art of Pat Farwell, who divides her time between Miramar Beach and Minnesota. Window art is available for viewing 24/7 at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. Office and gallery hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and the gallery, which is free to the public, is open also from 1-4 p.m. Satur-day.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Remember,” a drama, mystery, thriller, at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Destin Li-brary. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person he believes to be responsible for the death of his family in the death camp.
Celebrate Thanksgiving on the water during SunQuest Cruises’ Thanksgiving Buffet Cruises on the SOLARIS yacht with a lunch cruise from 12-2:30 p.m. and din-ner cruise from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 22. The SOLARIS leaves from the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Prices range from $20 - $65/person. Reservations are required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or 650-2519.
The Polar Express
Watch the holiday favorite at a special show-ing of the Polar Express on big-screen at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 on the Events Plaza Lawn at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Here Comes Santa Claus
Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Bay-towne and lights the Vil-lage tree from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 24. Enjoy face-painting, kids’ crafts, and a fireworks display.
College Football Saturday
Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 24 come down to HarborWalk Village and unleash your inner fan. Have great food and drink specials at any of the restaurants in the Village. Complete event details at http://bit.ly/2BlqvvL
Waterfront Brunch Buffet with Santa
A waterfront brunch with bottomless mimosas and a free family photo with Saint Nick, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at The Gulf Okaloosa Island, 1284 Marler Ave. on Okalosa Island. The brunch is $25/adults, $10/children with a regular menu available. Children can enjoy a cookie decorating station.
Baytowne On Ice
Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice. Ice rink is open through Feb. 2. Hours vary daily.
It’s A Wonderful Life
NWFSC presents Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Sprint Thea-ter. This live dramatic and musical performance will take audiences back in time to the 1940’s, when radio shows brought families together for story time and good, old-fashioned fun. Tickets are $25 and include an intermission reception in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries with holi-day treats. Call 729-6000 or visit mattiekellyartscenter.org to purchase tickets.
Cattle Baron’s Ball
Guests, donned in casual holiday Western wear, will enjoy a Cowboy Christmas to fight cancer at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at the 11th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball Nov. 30. Tables and tickets can be purchased at www.cattlebaronsballemeraldcoast.org. For infor-mation, call 512-4440, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooking with the Chef
Spend a detailed and entertaining afternoon with Chef Jimmy McManus as he prepares Brown Sugar and Vanilla Lacquered Duck from 12-1:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande in Destin. Cost is $32 all-inclusive. Reservations required at 424-0622.
12 Nights of Lights
A free festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Christmas has shows at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Wednesday Night Concert Series - Holiday Edition
Get in the holiday spirit and listen to holiday classics at 6 p.m. every Wednesday this December in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Each concert will feature a choreographed light show and visits with Santa. Performing Dec. 5 will be the Valhalla Choir.
• Dec. 12: Niceville Opus One
• Dec. 19: Matt McCarty
ECTC Season 6
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” Dec. 6-23. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (up-stairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for browsing artwork by local artists in the Lobby Gal-lery. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase at emeraldcoasthea-tre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
• Jan 17-Feb. 3: “Dancing Lessons”
• March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele
• March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”
A unique holiday event at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin is holiday classics played during the Tuba Christ-mas program from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Events Plaza. Then visit with Santa.
The City of Destin’s 34th Annual Christmas Parade, Christmas at the Beach, will be held Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. beginning at Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel-ing west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy. 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Specta-tors should stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra
The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program con-sists of more than 50 stu-dents who participate in a variety of ensembles that perform throughout the school year in one of two ensembles — The Sinfonietta Strings or the Sinfonia Youth Orches-tra. The fall concert will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin and will feature both ensembles performing traditional classical as well as everyone’s favorite holiday selections. The event is free. Call 460-8800.
Chris Mann of “The Voice” joins Sinfonia’s full orchestra for an evening of the most cherished and festive holiday medleys from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50-$55/person and can be purchased at sinfoni-agulfcoast.org.
Sounds of the Season
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 23rd Annual Sounds of the Season features The Alleluia Orchestra and special guest artist Buddy Mullins for two performances at 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Mattie Kelly Community Chorus welcomes anyone from the community to join in with rehearsals Wednesday evenings at Destin United Methodist Church (Choir Room at 6:30 p.m.) or Village Baptist Church (Choir Room at 7 p.m.). Admis-sion to the concert is a donation of a new un-wrapped child’s toy for participating churches outreach ministries.
A Peter White Christmas
It will be a White Christmas on the Emerald Coast with Peter White, Rick Braun and Edge Groove at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. Tickets are $80/front section and $40/general admission. Order tickets at 729-6000 or seabreeze.fm.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s annual gala, “A Swingin’ Little Christmas,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at The Henderson Beach & Spa Resort in Destin and will feature singer/actress Jane Lynch. The evening includes VIP pre-concert reception, dinner and the performance. Tickets range from $275-$500 per person and can be purchased at sinfoniagulf-coast.org.
Lynch is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on “Glee” and is currently the two-time Emmy Award-winning host of NBC's “Hollywood Game Night.” For “A Swingin’ Little Christ-mas,” Lynch brings along Kate Flannery (NBC’s “The Office”), Tim Davis (“Glee”), and The Tony Guerrero Quintet for the jazziest musical holiday concert ever.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Finding Neverland,” at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
Johnny Depp stars as the turn-of-the-century writer as the film follows Barrie as he struggles to write and have his play produced while he cares for his down-on-their-luck neighbors who inspired the story in the first place.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Event Plaza is turning into a Winter Wonderland full of real snow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 22. Slide down the ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
Ring in the New with SunQuest Cruises’ annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dinner and Dancing Cruise on the Solaris yacht from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 from Sandsetin’s Baytowne Marina. Cost of the all-inclusive event is $150/person, including a 4 ½ hour cruise, five-course meal, live entertainment, fireworks, party favors and champagne toast. All guests over 21 are welcomed to attend. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
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.
30A Farmers’ Market
Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cob-blestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.