ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 11-18
A family evening full of Mardi Gras fun begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at Destin Commons during the Mardi Gras Masquerade. A non-stop lineup of more than 30 floats and people parade down Main Street from Bass Pro Shops to Belk. Treasures, trinkets and beads will be plentiful throughout the celebration. Entertainment provided by Jones & Company and an authentic Mardis Gras street brass band. Kids can create their own Mardi Gras accessories and face painting for the best looking masquerade masks this side of New Orleans.
ADSO window display
The Arts and Design Society presents the art of Pat Roberts who works in acrylics and oils in their studio windows facing First Street in Fort Walton Beach during February.
The Happy Hearts, a senior adult ministry of Village Baptist Church, will meet at 2 p.m., Feb. 12 at Golden Corral. Everyone is invited. Lunch with a drink is $8, no credit cards please. There will be a question and answer session about health care changes. For more information, call Mary Martin, 598-0954 or church office, 837-8107.
A local professional comedy troupe, Act4 Murder performs its newest show, “Death by Cupcake,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Crab Island Cantina, 2 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Price is $49.95. Call 862-2885 or visit www.act4murder.com to make reservations.
Fat Tuesday at Sandestin will host the kickoff for the Sandestin Gumbo Festival with a seafood boil beginning at 4 p.m. Feb. 13. No ticket required, and individual portions will be available for $3.
Hands On! Show
The opening reception for the Arts and Design Society’s “Hands On!” Show will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach. The exhibition features works in any medium that are tactile (feel-able and touchable). The show runs through March 6. Gallery hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 244-1271.
Sal’s Fish Fry Dinner will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 with Karaoke from 7:30-11 p.m. at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street in Destin. Post clean up day begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 14. Breakfast Made to Order is served from 8:15-11:15 a.m. Feb. 15. Price is $6/adults, children 12 and under free. Jabbo & Friends perform from 4-7 p.m. with Gary’s Burgers and Dogs. Hot dogs and pizza sold daily in the lounge. Call 837-3818.
Fine Arts Exhibitions
The Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach, Inc., presents its annual juried regional fine arts exhibition through Feb. 13 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. This exhibition showcases the best in all media from throughout the Southeastern United States. Also on view in the Holzhauer Gallery will be a solo exhibition of the works of Rick Otoupalik, whose sculpture, Balance, won 2014 ADSO Best-in-Show award. Call 729-6044 or email ArtGalleries@nwfsc.edu for information or to schedule group tours.
The 26th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival will be held from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live Zydeco music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, family activities and a gumbo cook-off. Sample gumbo and vote for “People’s Choice” winner. Tickets are available now for $20/$30 the day of the event. Purchase at www.sandestingumbofestival.com.
Winter Guest Concert Series
All winter guests and locals are invited to enjoy a free concert with Flash Flood from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15 on HarborWalk Village’s main stage.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island will offer $5 park admission for visitors age 62+ every Wednesday through March 4. Enjoy marine animal shows and exhibits for a fraction of the regular park admission, $18.95 for seniors.
ArtWalk on the Harbor
HarborWalk Village becomes a mini art district as dozens of artists showcase their creative artwork ranging from traditional to contemporary art, jewelry, paintings, handcrafted items and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at HarborWalk Village. Also, music on main stage. Held third Sunday of each month.
Soundsations 'Snowbird' Concert The annual “Snowbirds” concert by the Soundsations Showchoir of Northwest Florida State College will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Mattie Kelly Art Center’s mainstage theater in Niceville. The Soundsations will be joined by the college's Belle Voci women's ensemble and the NWFSC Madrigal Singers for a portion of the program, as well as by college Dance Ensemble students and instrumentalists. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds benefit the Showchoir which will travel to perform in France this summer through the Sister City program. Tickets are available by phone or in-person from the Box Office and through the Destin Snowbird Club.
Country music at American Legion
Kevin Black, country performer and brother of Clint, will perform from 2-7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the lounge at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street in Destin. Drawings will be held every hour for CDs, etc., with the main drawing around 6 p.m. for an autographed Clint Black guitar. The cover charge is $5 and includes one ticket for autographed guitar. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.
Mardi Gras Celebration
Enjoy free red beans and rice from Jackacudas Seafood and Sushi and celebrate Mardi Gras at one of the HarborWalk Village clubs and restaurants from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 17.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library, Inc., will sponsor a monthly movie night showing the drama “The Hunt” at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Library. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be on a first come basis.