Looking for the perfect way to treat your mom on 30A during Mother’s Day weekend? The ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival takes place in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin May 12th through 13th. Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, ArtsQuest provides an opportunity to view and purchase original […] Read More
How do you create a renowned wine and food festival? Bring together celebrity winemakers, top culinary talent, thought-provoking tasting seminars and elements that highlight and celebrate current trends. Expect to find all of this plus more at the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival April 26th through 29th, considered by many as the ultimate […]
Art Week South Walton, an initiative led by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and presented by Visit South Walton, kicks off this coming Thursday, May 11, with the Grand Opening of The Foster Gallery in its Grand Boulevard new location followed by many other events, including the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, ArtsQuest Fine Arts […]
Purses with a Purpose, the annual sale and auction of new and gently used handbags to benefit Shelter House, returns to Grand Boulevard March 24-25, 2017. Since its inception, Purses with a Purpose has raised more than $73,000 to support Shelter House’s critical services for domestic and sexual violence survivors. Shelter House accepts donations of new and gently used handbags […]
The Valentine season means romantic dinners and flowers for some, but for South Walton residents and visitors alike, it signals the highly anticipated annual Valentine Tour of Homes presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County. The tour is known for showcasing stunning interiors, architecturally acclaimed homes and picturesque settings. This year’s charity […]
Looking for something to do this Valentine’s Day? South Walton has plenty of options whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two, a unique experience as a couple or a night out to celebrate with friends. Check out our round-up of Valentine’s Day activities: Take a dinner cruise on the SOLARIS yacht: For an […]
Two new retailers and a casual dining restaurant will open in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in the coming months. Kinnucan’s, Ophelia Swimwear and Everkrisp will open in the first half of 2017. Kinnucan’s, the Auburn, Alabama-based apparel and active lifestyle store, will open in Grand Boulevard this summer. Founded in 1987, Kinnucan’s carries many specialty brands and goods […]
Eric Linquest, president of Emeril’s Homebase, recently confirmed that Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans-based restaurant group has partnered with Grand Boulevard to open a restaurant in the Town Center. “We are looking forward to being a part of the South Walton community and opening in Grand Boulevard,” said Linquest. “Emeril Lagasse is an American culinary icon and we are […]
This year’s South Walton Fashion Week, taking place October 5 through 9 in venues throughout South Walton, will feature celebrity designer Christian Siriano. The 30A Company will have its own runway show, too, featuring our new dumpster diver line, our latest innovation in design and beach-inspired fashion. Soriano has been dubbed “the new king of old-school glamour” by Elle magazine and “the next billion-dollar designer” by Yahoo! Style. His designs have been worn by some of the world’s biggest stars, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Rhianna, Oprah, Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson. In its fourth year, South Walton Fashion Week is a large-scale, multi-day event that celebrates high fashion by featuring national, regional and local designers, retail boutiques, emerging designers, and a model competition. Runway shows, trunk shows, parties, and presentations will take place in beach neighborhoods throughout South Walton Wednesday through Saturday. Get the scoop on South Walton Fashion Week in this 30A Radio interview! The 30A Company will be featured on Friday night at 30A Avenue, hitting the runway with our new eco-friendly Dumpster Diver line. The line is made from recycled water bottles and other plastics blended with recycled cotton, producing soft and light garments perfect for the beach lifestyle and culture. Each piece saves 6 to 10 water bottles from the landfill. Learn more here. Get the full schedule by downloading the SWFW app for Apple or Android devices. A VIP Christian Siriano trunk show will take place at Alys Beach’s Caliza Pool and Alys Shoppe on Friday, October 7, and Mr. Siriano’s designs will also be featured on the Fashion Week runway on Saturday, October 8. Sirian will be joined on the special guest panel by international artist Ashley Longshore (Anthropologie), television star Becca Tilley (The Bachelor), fashion photographer Carlo Pieroni, supermodel Carol Wilson, model agent Jenni Lubo (Click Models), and more to be announced soon. Prime-time runway shows will take place at 30A Venue (30Avenue) on Thursday and Friday and at 560 Grand Boulevard (Grand Boulevard) on Saturday. VIE Magazine will host the official Launch Party, ‘The Get Down’ at their headquarters in Grayton Beach on Wednesday, October 5, followed by an After-Party at Salon 76. Day-time venues include Silver Sands Premium Outlets, The Shops at The Hub, Tommy Bahama, and more. A full list of runway shows and schedule of events will be released in September. Emerging designers who are selected as semi-finalists will showcase their designs on the SWFW runway at “30A Venue” on Thursday and Friday, and the judges will determine three finalists who will show on Saturday night. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of Saturday’s runway show, and the winner will receive a prize package that includes $2,000 cash, a feature in VIE’s 2017 Fashion Issue, and a prime-time runway show at 2017 SWFW. Chosen model applicants will be invited to a September casting call, and those who are cast will walk the SWFW runway to compete for the Sheila Goode Model of the Year award package, including $1,000 cash, a feature in VIE’s 2017 Fashion Issue and a meeting with Click Atlanta. General admission tickets start at $20 for day-time events and $50 for prime-time events, and VIP tickets start at $100. Tickets and special lodging partner packages offered by Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company and Courtyard Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard can be found at swfw.org. South Walton Fashion Week is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) in partnership with Monark Events and presented by Visit South Walton, Grand Boulevard and VIE Magazine. Other partners include 30Avenue, ZT Motors, VIVO Spa Salon, Oko, Pure & Couture, Willow + Mercer, Linda Miller – The Smile of 30A, Bud & Alley’s, Emerald Coast Magazine, The 30A Company, Tommy Bahama, Alys Beach, and Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Net proceeds benefit the CAA, which is the designated Local Arts Agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the Alliance is to make Walton County a creative place in which to live, work and visit. For more info, visit South Walton Fashion Week.
Earlier this week, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, recognized as one of the top charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine, donated a record breaking $2.66 million to 14 local charities serving children in need in Northwest Florida. The private check presentation ceremony was held at the WaterColor LakeHouse. The attendees from the charities didn’t know how much they were to be awarded until the checks were presented to them onstage, leading to some big cheers and grins and even some tears of gratitude. The foundation has donated more than $13 million to non-profit organizations since its inception in 2005. This year’s results are a $360,000 increase over the $2.3 million donated last year. “Today is the day in the world of our Foundation,” said John Russell, the president’s foundation. “Today, we honor our supporters, recognize those who have gone above and beyond and most importantly award funding to the great organizations that are on the front lines for the children of our community.” In addition to funding the 14 local charities, the foundation has created the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Children’s Fund, which represents the funds set aside for any of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation charities that have an emergency need during the year. “Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation identified a need to prepare for the future, so we created a safety net for our charities that may have an emergency need outside our normal contributions,” Russell said. “It is our hope to continue to grow this fund as an insurance policy for our charities over the coming years.” The 2016 recipients of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation include: AMIKids Emerald Coast received $125,000 to fund one Mental Health Counseling Academic Interventionist for high-risk youth. Funding will allow facilities the purchase of a new, safe bus for students to be transported to and from school. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to allow double the amount of students from last year (200 children across four counties) to attend programming for one full year. The programming is designed to provide unique opportunities to learn, grow and to recognize youth for their achievements in an effort to steer youth clear of personal failure. Children in Crisis received $225,000 to fund the facilitation of housing for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Opportunity Home, Sue Sue’s Cottage, YaYa’s Home, and the Travis Tringas Home provide stability, shelter, house parents, food, clothing and necessary items to help children live a healthy lifestyle. Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) received $200,000 to fund and serve underinsured and uninsured children in need of dental care. These funds will allow for two hygienists on the Mobile Dental Clinic, and one full-time dentist and support staff at the CVHN Dental Clinic to assist with children in need of dental and medical care. In addition, they will be able to purchase new detail supplies and cover the maintenance and repairs of their equipment. Emerald Coast Autism Center received $200,000 to fund scholarships and their capital campaign, a new facility to serve children on the autism spectrum. The new NWFSC Campus Facility will allow Emerald Coast Autism Center to increase their capacity levels, serving up to 130 students. Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center received $300,000 to aid in construction costs for the new Walton County facility, a child-friendly atmosphere to provide counseling, family services and facilitation of investigations for child abuse and neglect. Food For Thought Outreach received $175,000 to provide nutritious meals for school-aged children on weekends, holidays and summer break. Habitat for Humanity of Walton County received $180,000 to fully fund the building of two new homes for families with children in Walton County. Homelessness & Housing Alliance received $20,000 for long-term solutions to homelessness. Opportunity Place received $75,000 for immediate housing for homeless children and their families. Pathways for Change received $200,000 for comprehensive addiction treatment programs including men’s residential treatment and operations for the family center. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast received $225,000 to fund the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which will provide a larger nursery to accommodate a 10-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the future. Shelter House of Northwest Florida received $155,000 to fund support groups, counseling and advocacy for youth ages 6 months to 17 years, touched by domestic violence. Funding will also support their Youth Prevention Program, therapists for children, supplies such as school snacks and diapers, tutoring materials, community outings and the Youth Community Action Team. The Arc of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to support Early Intervention and Family Education Program at the Early Intervention Center for children living with disabilities. Youth Village received $125,000 to fund capital campaign purchase of land and facility construction along with afterschool programming for more than 40 low-income children along the Emerald Coast. DCWAF Children’s Fund received $55,000 that will serve as a contingency fund for charity partners and will be used as a safety net to serve children in need in the event of an emergency. DCWAF has realized a long held dream to create a fund for future needs. The DCWAF Children’s Fund is cash held in a separate account available to any of the DCWAF charities who have an emergency need. The dates for next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction Weekend, the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, are set for April 28-30, 2017. For more information, visit www.DCWAF.org.