ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 7
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The Arts and Design Society hosts “Something Human” show featuring works, in any medium, depicting anything about the human figure, from Feb. 6-16 at 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. A reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public. Call 244-1271.
Birds of Paradise
The Krewe De Lu Roux presents the Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 8 at LuLu’s in Destin. Buffet and open bar with music by Hotwire. Attire is Island Elegance. Purchase tickets at www.lulubuffett.com. LuLu’s is at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge, next to Legendary Marina.
My Furry Valentine,” hosted by Dog Harmony Inc., a nonprofit animal welfare organization, will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Grand Park in Grand Boulevard Sandestin. Live music, drinks and a doggie “kissing booth” are part of the fun. Donations are encouraged. No prong collars are allowed. Call 376-4190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Call to Artists: Beaux Arts Exhibition
The Arts and Design Society is inviting all artists to submit works for the 59th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition, hosted by The Meridian at Westwood and sponsored by the Arts and Design Society. Registration is in the Atrium of The Meridian at Westwood, 1001 Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach, on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. Entry fee is $25/members; $35/non-members, with a limit of two entries. Cash awards. The exhibition runs from Feb. 9-11 with a reception and silent auction on Sun-day, 2-4 p.m. Call 582-1329.
Mardi Gras Masquerade
Enjoy a family evening at the Eighth Annual Mardi Gras at Destin Commons from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9 with entertainment by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters and an authentic Mardi Gras street brass band playing throughout the Center. Kids can cre-ate Mardi Gras accessories and face painting will give mas-querade masks. Parade begins at 7 p.m. with more than 30 floats. Treasures, trinkets and beads will be thrown. To enter the pa-rade, email email@example.com or call 337-8700.
Mardi Gras Pub Crawl
Join in a pub crawl at HarborWalk Village and the Destin harbor begin-ning at 6 p.m. Feb. 9. Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit and prepare for the weekend’s events. Enjoy drink specials at each stop and Let the Good Times Roll. Cost is $10 benefiting Alaqua Animal Refuge.
Beaux Arts Exhibition
The 59th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition, hosted by the Meridian at Westwood and sponsored by the Arts and Design Society, will be held from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 9; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 10; and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 11 at 1001 Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach. A reception and silent art auction will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sun-day. Call 582-1329.
Winter Concerts at Market Shops
The Market Shops at Sandestin presents the Winter Concert Series on the lawn with Ron Adams 1-3 p.m. Feb. 10. Bring chairs and blankets. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux at The Market Shops.
• Feb. 17: Chuck Lawson
• Feb. 24: Chris Alvarado
Mardi Gras Parade
Beads, beads and more beads on the Destin har-bor during the 10th annual Mardi Gras Parade at HarborWalk Village from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 10. The Good Times Roll with dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers, and live music. Event is free.
Mardi Gras Dog Parade
The theme for the 15th Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade at Baytowne Wharf is Bone Appetit and begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Register at http://www.baytownewharf.com/files/pdfs/2018dogparaderegistrationform.pdf.
Winter Guest Concert Series
All guests and locals are invited to shake off the winter chills with the David Hall Duo on HarborWalk Village’s main stage from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 11.
• Feb. 18: Bobby D Duo
The Destin Library will showcase the work of local artist Charlotte Parrish during the month of Feb-ruary. Her exhibit will feature a variety of work including paintings and small table sculptures.
Charlotte Caudill Parrish has been an artist nearly all her life. Born and raised in Frankfort, Ky., she studied at the Uni-versity of Kentucky, Ohio State University, the London School of Fine Art and Florida State University where she received a master’s de-gree.
Parrish’s artistic style can be described as Con-temporary Representa-tional Expressionism. She works in wood, mixed me-dia, oil, acrylic and crystal. Her subject matter includes landscapes, flowers, equine art, ab-stracts and Christian themed pieces.
The artist’s work may be viewed by appointment in her studio/gallery in Hammock Bay. The artist may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADSO window display
During February, The Arts and Design Society presents the work of the students of award-winning clay artist and instructor Marcy Eady. The display includes examples from students in her Mon-day Evening Adult Clay Class and her Children’s Art Class. 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 open also from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The Art Center Gallery is at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Fat Tuesday Celebration/Mardi PAWS
Celebrate Mardi Gras and revel in the fun at Har-borWalk Village from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13. Enjoy free red beans and rice and watch the Second Annual Mardi PAWS Costume Contest where you can show off your pets decked out in purple, green and gold on the main stage. Judges will award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Contest entry is $10 donation for Alaqua Animal Refuge.
Library Cultural Series
Harpist Katie Ott will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Destin Library. Program is free and open to the public.
She will provide an enchanting afternoon of discussion about the history of the harp and its evolution from the Egyptian lyre into the modern instrument. Ott’s program will include demonstrations of special techniques and a mini recital of French and contemporary music.
• March 21: Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher at 2 p.m.
Peter Fletcher is a classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs more than 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Cen-taur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have been critically acclaimed. Fletcher’s repertoire runs the gamut from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century.
• April 17: Jazz Artist Cheryl Jones at noon
Dr. Cheryl Jones is Destin's "Music Diva.” Her many talents include musician, pianist, vocalist, entertainer, composer, songwriter, music director and much more. She has led her award winning music group, Jones and Company, for more than 20 years. This program is an open air “Jazz on the Lawn” concert in conjunction with National Library Week and Jazz Appreciation month. Bring your lunch and enjoy the concert.
Fat Tuesday Parade
Let your hair down and laissez les bon temps rouler at 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at Baytowne Wharf with the 16th annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade. Unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets. Dress in your Mardi Gras best and shower parade goers with a barrage of beads, moon-pies, and other trinkets. The post-parade cele-bration continues into the night with street performers, "throws" tossed from balconies and parties at various village merchants.
Valentine’s Dinner Cruise
Cruise in the moonlight on sparkling waters from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 16 aboard the Solaris yacht, docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Evening includes special dinner and dancing to live entertainment. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or 650-2519.
The community is invited to attend the Snowbird Stroll from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Gulf Place in Walton County. Guests check in at the stage to receive their compli-mentary commemorative glass and a map with all the participating merchants. Guests will enjoy live music, door prizes, wine and hors d’oeuvres at more than 15 stops in the Gulf Place neighborhood.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) pre-sents the romantic comedy “Sylvia” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays Feb. 15 through March 4 at 560 Grand Blvd. in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The play is appropriate for ages 13 and up due to mature situations. Tickets are $28/adults, $24/seniors, and $20/students. Purchase tickets at emeraldcoastheatre.org or call 684-0323.
The 29th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival begins with the Crawfish Boil Kick-off Party at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at Baytowne Wharf. The main event sampling begins at noon Feb. 17 where you vote for the “People’s Choice.” Celebrity judges will name the "Area's Best." Gulf Coast Restaurants will be featured along with live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe and children's activities. Event is rain or shine. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.sandestingumbofestival.com/.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Brook-lyn,” a drama/romance, 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Destin Library. The movie, set it Ireland in early-1950s, is free and open to the public; directed toward a mature audience.
Eilis Lacey is a young woman working in a gro-cery shop. She has greater ambitions and moves to Brooklyn, New York, leaving her mother and sister, Rose, behind. She is terribly homesick but eventually settles down, finding a job, studying to be a bookkeeper and meet-ing a nice young man, Tony. Things are going well but then she learns that Rose has died, and decides to return to Ireland, temporarily. She and Tony hastily get married and then she sets off back to Ireland, alone. Life is about to get compli-cated.
An Evening with Ehren Jordan
The 2018 30A Wine Festival kicks off with an intimate dinner from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21 in Fonville Park in Alys Beach and features Winemaker Ehren Jordan of Failla Wines and Day Zinfandel. The four-course meal will be prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak with select wine pairings from Failla Wines. Tickets are $265 per person and available at https://www.30awinefestival.com/
Pins & Pancakes
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and Destin Chamber of Commerce 2018 Destin Forward Class will host Pins & Pancakes, a morning full of bowling, pancakes and fundraising, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill at Destin Commons. Corporate Lane Sponsorships are $250 and include a breakfast buffet for six people, bowling for two hours and shoe rental. There will also be a silent auction so bring cash or credit cards. Email email@example.com, for a lane today. Only 16 available. Money raised will assist the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation with the beautification effort of the Cultural Arts Village.
Snowbird Voices at Library
The Snowbird Writers Group will host a public presentation of members’ works at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Destin Library. The program, “Snowbird Voices — From Pen to Paper to You,” will include short stories, art, poetry and music. This program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Parrot Head Chili Cook-Off
The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Chili Cook-Off will delight taste buds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at HarborWalk Village. A day of spiced and spirited competition as chefs from near and far don their aprons for the title of Best Chili, plus fun and live music. Proceeds benefit ARC of the Emerald Coast.
Spring Thoughtful Dinner
Food For Thought hosts its Spring Thoughtful Dinner from 7-10 p.m. March 1 at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen, 132 Market Street in Santa Rosa Beach. Tick-ets for the five course dinner with wine pairings are on sale at https://fftfl.org/products/spring-thoughtful-dinner-table-1.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Annual Dinner March 1 at the Emerald Grande Ball-room at HarborWalk Village recognizes key volunteers, community leaders, staff and Club members who have helped drive the impact of Boys & Girls Club here in North-west Florida. Purchase tickets at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/2018-annual-dinner/
Classical Connections Concerts
The Classical Connections series presented by Sinfonia Gulf Coast features Violinist Corinne Stillwell at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45/person. To purchase tickets, visit Sin-foniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• March 14: Boukou Groove
• March 21: Luke Langford & The 331 Band
• March 28: Forrest Williams Band
Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market
Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local sea-food, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; home-made pita, hummus, salsa’s, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Sea-scape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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.