Walton County Snowbirds: The art and craft of being a snowbird

Debra Wynn
Debra Wynn

The Art Group and the Craft Group are two long-standing activities offered by the Walton County Snowbirds

The Art Group, coordinated by Jim Heroux, will have its rst session at 9 a.m. Jan, 7 at Good News Methodist Church on U.S. Highway 98 in Santa Rosa Beach.

Not instruction, the meetings are art workshops. In previous years, people have worked in watercolor, oil, and acrylic, although there is no limit to the media that can be used. Artists bring their ongoing projects and discuss tips and techniques in a supportive environment. At times there might be a demonstration by a group member in order to better share knowledge. Participants are introduced to various media and styles they may later integrate into their own work. There is much interest in the Art Group, and the number of artists attending must be limited to 25.

The Craft Group, also called The Walton County Snowbird Crafters, is similar to the Art Group in that people are encouraged to bring their own projects to the sessions. Knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers, crewel workers, and embroiderers often take advantage of the time to visit and admire each other’s handiwork. Meetings are on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Faith Assembly Church Hall, 306 South Geronimo Street in Miramar Beach. Beginning on Jan. 6 with a “meet and greet,” the agenda for this year includes instruction in several creative and easy crafts that members may complete for a small fee, usually between $5 and $10 each.

Mazie Peoples, one of three co-chairs for the crafters, is enthusiastic about the variety and quality of the project lessons oered for the 2019-2020 season. The schedule includes watercolor on canvas, embellished tea towels, leather and bead earrings, a Valentine’ Day craft, a wind chime, a collage, and greeting cards. The co-chairs are open to interested crafters presenting instruction in additional crafts not yet listed.

In previous years, the crafters have been involved in service projects such as providing knit or crocheted tasseled caps for premature infants. This is just one example of the Walton County Snowbirds giving back to the community they value as their winter home.

The Craft Group’s last meeting of the season, on Feb. 24, is the always well-attended farewell luncheon, which is held at a local restaurant.

You may sign up for the Walton County Snowbirds and for the above activities at the next registration sessions, Jan. 3 and Jan. 6, at Faith Assembly Church Hall, Miramar Beach, between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Further information is available by accessing the website, waltoncountysnowbirds.com.

Debra Wynn, whose other home is in Connecticut, is looking forward to her fifth year as a Walton County Snowbirds’ member.