Grand opening of Watersound Monarch Art Trail and Flutterby Festival set for Nov. 12
SANTA ROSA BEACH — The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announces the anticipated official opening of the Watersound Monarch Art Trail (MAT), an outdoor sculpture project created by the CAA with support from The St. Joe Community Foundation. The Nov. 12 grand opening will kick off a weekend of festive events that offer creative education and fun for the whole family.
It is well-known that Northwest Florida is part of the migratory path of the Monarch butterfly, and every fall tens of thousands of Monarchs can be seen enjoying the indigenous flora that lives in Walton County. Since 1992, the CAA has celebrated this natural event with an annual children’s arts and science festival called The Flutterby Festival, and now the Alliance will include the MAT opening in this celebration.
The MAT will include eight original sculptures designed specifically for installation along South Watersound Parkway’s existing mile-long walking and bike path that connects Highways 98 and 30A. Use of the area was made possible by The St. Joe Company. The sculptures will be complemented with seating, lighting, signage, and native landscape. Additionally, a phone app will provide insight into the artists’ creative process through audio recordings, descriptive text, and geo-locators.
The MAT’s official opening will be Friday, Nov. 12, from 4-7 p.m. and will be celebrated with live music, food by Grayton Beach Catering, beverages for all ages, and meet and greets with some of the artists as guests stroll or bike along the trail.
The festivities will continue Saturday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a family scavenger hunt and other fun entertainment. Guests are encouraged to download the OtoCast App for a self-guided audio tour which includes a description for each artwork from the artist. Parking for the MAT events is located on the north end of the trail at the Magnet Innovation Center.
In another new addition to the weekend, the CAA is joining forces with the Point Washington Medical Clinic for the Clinic’s Metamorphosis event. Metamorphosis is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 13, from 6-9 p.m. on the Village Commons green in the Watersound Origins community. Headlining the event is Atlanta-based Gurufish. Funds raised from the event’s cash bar will go toward the CAA’s Art in Public Spaces program and be used to commission custom artwork painted by local artists in the new PWMC facility. For more information about PWMC and tickets for Metamorphosis, visit thepwmc.org.
The weekend will culminate with the Flutterby Festival featuring art activities, live performances, art exhibits and more on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Village Commons green in the Watersound Origins community.
The festival offers live entertainment for the entire family, art activities like the butterfly wing creation station and craft-making as well as the butterfly learning center, carnival games and a flutterby frenzy at the end of each day. Food by Sports to Geaux and beverages will be available for purchase, and some activities require a small fee.