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SATURDAY: Who Can Make the Best Bloody Mary on 30A?

The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Sinfonia Gulf Coast on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The second annual event will feature unlimited tastes of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys made with Cathead Vodka and served by the finest restaurants and bars on the panhandle. Confirmed competing restaurants include Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant, Crab Island Cantina, DIG eatery, Doc’s Oyster Bar, Louis Louis, Lulu’s Destin, Marie’s Bistro, Restaurant Paradis, Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar, Roux 30a, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Signature Catering of 30A, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Sunset Bay Cafe, The Beach House, The Down Under Bar, The Hub, The NOLA Boiling Co., Tommy Bahama and Trebeaché. Check out this 30A video from last year’s festival: Each ticket will include one vote for the People’s Choice Award for ‘Best Bloody Mary’ in South Walton. A Mardi Gras marching band will kick off the festivities with a second line around The Market Shops at 11 a.m. and more live music will follow. A number of area restaurant will have food for sale including Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, Charlie Graingers, DIG eatery and Marie’s Bistro. Beer and champagne will also be provided. Epic Photo Co. will have a dynamic photobooth complete with fun props and accessories to commemorate the event. Shore Thing Cigars will set up a lifestyle lounge providing premium cigars. For the avid football fans that wish to attend, Charlie Graingers will be streaming the games. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. As the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast is committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring the community through imaginative and innovative musical programming. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now here. Admission to the event is $35 per person if purchased in advance and $50 on the day of the event. VIP tickets are $75 and include complimentary valet parking by 30A Valet, VIP reception with champagne cocktail and appetizers provided by DIG eatery at VIP check-in hosted by The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s Foster Gallery and access to the VIP Deck at Bijoux including passed appetizers. Courtyard Marriott at Grand Boulevard will be offering special rates starting at $119.00 to The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival ticket holders. Those interested in booking can do so here. Additionally, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa will be offering 20% off to festival attendees who book with discount code “BM” here. The Market Shops and its affiliates encourage attendees to drink responsibly. Shuttles for overflow parking will be provided from The Beach House to The Market Shops via Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine. Additionally, the extensive fleet of Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine is equipped to transport any size group, should you wish to reserve one of their vehicles to get you home safe. Another safe alternative for getting home is the private driving service, Uber. Uber is donating $5 to Sinfonia Gulf Coast for every new user that signs up for the app using the code ‘TMSBMF16’ through November 24, 2016. Additional sponsors are 30A, 30AEats, 30A Valet, Churchill Oaks, Courtyard Marriott, Eloquent Signs, Emerald Coast Magazine, Emerald Ladies Journal, Good Grit Magazine, Hill Coleman CPA, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, McNeese Distributing, Northwest Florida Daily News, Proffitt PR, Shore Thing Cigars, SoWal.com, Sunshine Shuttle Company, The Destin Log, The Walton Sun, V. LALA Galleries, VIE, VIP Destin Magazine, VIP Pensacola Magazine and Visit South Walton. To buy tickets, click here. To find out more, visit Sinfonia Gulf Coast.
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THIS WEEKEND: Hit the Runway for South Walton Fashion Week

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.
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THIS WEEKEND: Celebrate South Walton at New 30A Blue Crab Fest

Trebeaché, the latest venture by the creative team behind Stinky’s Fish Camp, is hosting an all-new food and music festival that aims to really capture the spirit of the 30A area. The 30A Blue Crab Festival will be held October 8 at Trebeaché in Blue Mountain Beach. The festival, which runs from noon to 8, includes live music, local and regional art and local blue crab prepared in almost all the ways you could imagine. “We really wanted to create something that highlights the 30A lifestyle,” said Jim Richard, owner of Trebeaché and Stinky’s Fish Camp. Entry to the festival is a $5 donation to the South Walton Artificial Reef Association. Entry includes live music by Forrest Williams Band; Dread Clampitt; Billy Garrett and The Funk Disciples; Old Bull Young Bull featuring Duke Bardwell and Kyle Ogle; and Franko Washboard Jackson and The Steenos. The event also includes an art walkabout, cooking demos and tastings, games, live stream of college football games and kids activities including a bounce house and slide. A special menu starring the delicious blue crab will be available. Try crab pretty much any and all ways: boiled and fried, crab cakes, crab bisque, crab gumbo, crab jambalaya, crab rolls and crab dip. After the festival, a late-night after party featuring the New Orleans Suspects kicks off at 8 p.m. upstairs at Trebeaché. On Sunday, the 30A Blue Crab Fest finale party will feature Eric Lindell. Both are separately ticketed events. This event is sponsored by The 30A Company, Mojo Sportswear, Nick’s Seafood, Sterling Resorts, Redfish Village and The Beach Chair Company. Learn more and get updates at 30acrabfest.com. Learn how to catch blue crabs with Captain Harry in this fun Facebook Live video: 30A Blue Crab Fest: CrabbingWe went crabbing on the bay live with Captain Harry for the new 30A Blue Crab Fest on October 8. So fun! http://30a.com/blue-crab-fest/ Posted by 30A on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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What We’re Listening to this Fall (Hint: It’s Funky!)

By Cory Davis, General Manager, 30A Radio We have some fantastic musicians to introduce in this issue: a guy who sneaks in for gigs here in South Walton, a soul legend celebrating his 75th birthday with a brilliant new album, and one of our favorite Nashville musicians, who blesses the area with his presence more than a few times each year. We’re also sharing a really fun group that will definitely satisfy any funk fix. “Gotta Get Back” Whenever he can, musician Seth Walker tries to sneak into South Walton to play at many local venues and neighborhood concerts. He says he loves the 30A area. No word better describes him than smooth, just smooth. Walker comes from a family of musicians, dating back to his grandfather, who played in the U.S. Navy band while serving aboard the USS Hornet aircraft carrier during World War II. Produced by The Wood Brothers drummer and keyboardist Jano Rix, “Gotta Get Back” is a tad funkier than the previous albums. We love the track “High Time,” which references his adopted home of New Orleans. “Dreamer” may be our favorite song and the tune that best fits the beaches of South Walton. We think it’s one kids will love too. “Gotta Get Back” is Walker’s ninth and latest studio album. Look for its release on Sept. 2. For more information on Seth Walker, visit sethwalker.com. “Apache” Aaron Neville shows no signs of slowing down at 75 years old. His new album “Apache” is straight “fiya.” Eric Krasno (Lettuce, Soulive) produced Neville’s album, enlisting help from bandmates Ryan Zoidis and Benny Bloom (Shady Horns), as well as Cochemea Gastelum and David Guy (Daptone Horns). Neville’s “Be Your Man” is an attention-grabbing song that perfectly kicks off the album. Although the entire album deserves attention, other tracks to listen to on repeat are “Stompin’ Ground” and “Hard to Believe.” Can you believe Neville’s been singing for 50 years? It’s true, and all music lovers are surely grateful for it. For more info on Aaron Neville and his music, visit aaronneville.com. “Storyman” As music fans, it’s fun for us to imagine what it would be like to be on the road with jazz-folk artist Sam Bush. Although we can only daydream about it, local photographer Shelly Swanger had the honor of documenting Bush and many of his travels over the course of a year. She even scored her first album cover — her work is featured on Bush’s latest release, “Storyman.” Swanger has photographed Bush for years, which is apparent when you look at the hundreds of her all-access passes featured in the photograph. Sam Bush either wrote or co-wrote every song on “Storyman” and his signature bluesy mandolin twangs show through. Bush, known as the founder of New Grass, sets up the album with the track “Play by Your Own Rules” and follows with amazing tracks such as “Handmics Killed Country Music” and “Bowling Green.” If you’re lucky, you can catch Bush playing with Dread Clampitt at The Red Bar. For more info on Bush, New Grass or seeing him play live visit sambush.com. “Digitonium” It’s a band that would pack the house on Scenic Highway 30A, but it would have to be held somewhere that could fit all nine of them on stage. Turkuaz, a power-funk band from Brooklyn, N.Y., emits a modern sound of classic funk and dance, making it difficult not to crank the volume when you hear one of their tracks. Recently, they’ve become one of the busiest touring dance bands out today. Their fashion sense on stage draws you in, but their sound keeps you around for the long run. Catch them at any festival and you’ll see why fans love their live performances. “Digitonium,” their latest release, is highlighted by “Lift It Up,” “Nightswimming” and “Doktor Jazz.” We don’t have any prominent nightclubs in South Walton, so if you ever have the chance to iPhone DJ for a local venue, throw this band on and tell them “Turkuaz made me do It.” Learn more at turkuazband.com. Other albums we are listening to: This feature is presented by 30A Radio’s new Airstream Mobile Studio, where we host live music recording sessions, real-time interviews and The 30A Show with Cory and Laura. You can listen to 30A Radio beach music and news every day at 30Aradio.com on any browser, Apple TV, Tunein.com, and on our free 30A iPhone, 30A iPad and 30A Android apps.
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Everything You Need to Know About Fishing in South Walton

Clear and deep sea or brackish and shallow, however you like your fishing conditions, South Walton offers almost too many options. Whether you’re an amateur or a passionate professional, you’ll quickly find that we have some of the best fishing in the world. Although the bustling harbors of Destin and Panama City Beach are better known for deep-sea fishing excursions (mainly because their harbors have direct access to the Gulf), that certainly doesn’t mean that you need to drive to either place to get your fishing fix. Book your fishing trip now. South Walton is home to some of the most experienced and successful fishing guides, who host captivating charter trips. With a little help, they’ll have you saying, “I got one!” as soon as you’re out in the water. The water in the Choctawhatchee Bay and the connecting river runs from a few feet deep to over 50 feet. Out fishing, you can catch anything from redfish and speckled trout to jack crevalle and flounder. And of course, the dolphins will be out there to cheer you on as they do their own fishing. The best part? You can take whatever you catch home with you to cook your very own “Bay-to-table” dinner. A few fishing charters launch directly from the sand at Grayton Beach, returning a few hours later with grouper, cobia, wahoo, red snapper, king mackerel, flounder, pompano and more, depending on the season. Pretty soon you’ll be fishing like a local! The next step is to get a vintage cast-net and have a good old-fashioned mullet-fry. Hey, don’t knock it ’til you fried it, folks. Watch this video to learn more about fishing in South Walton: For a list of our local fishing guides, visit 30Afishingcharters.com. The 30A Company interns, Caroline Giddis and Lindsey Rogers, contributed to this article. 
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Chapter 5: Dudley’s Gift

In April 2014, the Ragsdale family lost their home during a flood in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This is the final chapter in a five-part series of VIE Magazine articles about their rebuilding process. The Ragsdale’s new home was featured in VIE Magazine’s “Architecture and Design” issue (July / August 2016) and in a series of features on 30A.com. New to the story? Click here to get started with Chapter 1. The photos of the home below are by Brett Bulthuis, courtesy of VIE Magazine. Take a virtual tour of the new home by PerceptionsbyMayer. Story by Mike Ragsdale “How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” In the days following the flood, we didn’t really comprehend the gravity of our situation. We thought we’d hammer out a quick little renovation. We thought everything would be covered by insurance, as we had the best policies one could buy. We figured we’d return to a freshly painted home in six to eight weeks, perhaps along with a few new pieces of furniture. Who knows, maybe this would be our chance to finally re-do the master bedroom — something we’d always neglected. As we sifted through the waterlogged garbage looking for anything salvageable, I opened a footlocker to find my dad’s old revolver all covered in rust. That was the first time I cried. It wouldn’t be the last. We never imagined the insurance companies would fight us, reimbursing just pennies on the dollar. We never imagined bulldozing our mold-infested home and starting completely over. We never imagined it would take us over two years to return to this special place. These would prove to be the hardest years of my life to-date, jam-packed with surprises and stresses, changes and challenges. We moved four times, bouncing from rental home to rental home, purging mementos and memories along the way. My son Carlton went off to college in Orlando. He was ready, even if I wasn’t. My oldest daughter Jayne moved to Paris and got engaged. My daughter Kelsey moved to New York, occasionally darting off to semi-sketchy places like Sierra Leone. Holly became a cheerleader, and also proved to be a talented singer-songwriter, performing in local venues. All told, we spent a few nights in the Emergency Room, totaled a car, fielded a couple of late-night phone calls from police, blew up an engine, took a couple of ambulance rides. You know, typical parental stuff. We laughed at weddings and cried at funerals. I spent a night sleeping on our dock, laying flat on my back and gazing up at the cosmos. I began to doubt we’d ever return home. I once woke up alone in a cheap motel room in Florala wondering if I should just keep driving, or turn around and go home. Thankfully, I went home. Angela and I learned the key to a successful marriage isn’t perfection — it’s persistence. Over the last two years, our business grew from zero employees to 30 employees. We visited five continents, and yet I feel like I wasted more time sitting on the couch piloting my laptop than in all my previous years combined. I used our under-construction house as a convenient excuse to defer my happiness. “I’ll start YOLO Boarding again when we get into the new house.” “I’ll go fishing when we get back home.” “I’ll try yoga once we get settled into the new place.” Truth be told, I largely wasted those two precious years, longing for the things we didn’t have, rather than celebrating the things we did. Throughout this nauseating rollercoaster ride, Cosmo and Dudley — our two little white fluffy dogs — seemed to take all of these sudden life changes in stride. In particular, Dudley was always irrepressibly happy. I work from home, so I often need an external signal to indicate that it’s time to power down my laptop, at least for a while. That signal would usually consist of Angela asking me if I was ready for a glass of wine, to which my answer was almost always a resounding “YES.” A bottomless well of raw happiness, the dogs would sense this sudden shift in our priorities and would begin to bustle about. This is generally when I would host what became known in our household as “The Puppy Puppet Showtime,” starring Dudley. It’s a rather embarrassing ritual — one that I never imagined divulging outside our immediate family. But, it’s necessary for this story. Anyway, the ritual began with me asking Dudley if it was, in fact, The Puppy Puppet Showtime. Unable to contain his enthusiasm for some limelight, Dudley would then catapult himself across the room and trounce into my lap, grinning from floppy ear to ear with his pink tongue dangling halfway out of his mouth. I would prop him up on his hind legs, and then dance his little paws around like a demented puppy puppeteer, all the while singing: It’s the Puppy Puppet Showtime It’s the best time of the day It’s the Puppy Puppet Showtime Hip hip, Hip hip Hooray! It’s the Puppy Puppet Showtime Hip Hip, Hip hip Hooray! It’s the Puppy Puppet Showtime Dudley’s favorite time of day! The song got more and more off-Broadway as it went. (Hey, I said it was embarrassing.) But this simple daily moment enabled me to draw strength from Dudley’s raw and enthusiastic innocence. Dudley was my Happiness Recharging Station. Whatever problems I had wrestled with all day long were instantly diminished during this passing moment of completely silly, unapologetic joy. At some point during all of our sudden life changes, I decided to speak with a counselor for the very first time in my life. I wanted to see if someone could teach me some practices designed to help calm my frenetic mind.  She told me that unlike animals, humans are both blessed and cursed with memories. For example, zebras don’t give much thought to the past or the future. They live entirely in the moment. If a lion suddenly attacks a harem of zebras, the zebras will instinctively scatter. The lion will likely kill one or more of the zebra’s family members. And yet, less than an hour later, the surviving zebras won’t have given the traumatic matter another thought. “What lion?,” they might say if they could. Unlike animals, many of us humans constantly second-guess our decisions. We replay mistakes in our mind, over and over and over, hyper-analyzing our errors and omissions. We wish we had chosen a different path. We wallow in self-pity and regret. And when our minds are not preoccupied with the past, we long for a romanticized future that will probably never come to pass. So rarely do we actually live in the unique magic of this very moment. And this moment is the only thing we’re guaranteed in life. Nothing more, nothing less. Tragically, just two weeks before we moved into our new home, Dudley was attacked by another dog. When I heard Angela screaming for help, I raced outside. The dog had Dudley squarely in his mouth and was shaking him violently. We wrestled on the ground, futilely attempting to pry open the dog’s trap-like jaws. At one point, the dog readjusted his grip on Dudley, and I could feel his teeth puncturing my fingers. An eternity later, the dog simply let go. But it was too late. This was one of the lowest moments of our lives. As we laid on the ground together bleeding and weeping, neighbors and first-responders offered our family comfort and consolation. Despite the chaos swirling all around us, for a brief moment, Angela and I were the only two people in the world: “He didn’t suffer,” I promised her. “We have each other. We’re going to get through this. We’re together. We’re going to get through this.” As I sat in the emergi-care room getting stitched up, I thought about Dudley and how his unwavering happiness had helped me get through so many dark moments. He’d never get the chance to run around in our new backyard. He’d never paddle with me again out across the bay. No more chasing lizards in the pine straw. No more Puppy Puppet Showtime. Yet, as I reflected on Dudley’s short and happy life, something pretty miraculous happened. For two years, it had felt as though a great beast had ripped into my world, clamping down on our family and shaking us around so mercilessly. I can’t explain it, but following Dudley’s death, it seemed as though I’d been suddenly released from life’s jaws. Scarred, yes, but somehow, we’d survived. Somehow, I knew with absolute certainty that we were going to be okay. As I lay on the X-ray table, I muttered to myself: “What lion?” I sit here today in our ridiculously gorgeous new home, I look south out the window to where our old home once sat. I see myself pecking away on my laptop exactly 781 nights ago. I see myself consumed with whatever trivial worries occupied my thoughts that night, mere hours before the water would seep into our lives. I wish I could warn myself to get up and get packed. I wish I could remember to get dad’s pistol. I wish I could tell myself it will all be okay — that we’ll survive the tumultuous days ahead. That somehow, one day, it will all seem worthwhile. But my past self is too consumed with his mundane problems to hear any wisdom whispered across the bay breeze. I can only pause to listen for voices from my future self — reassurances that whatever problems I face today will inevitably pass. And that they’ll be replaced with all new challenges. Such is the ebb and flow of life, as terrible and wonderful as it can be. Happiness isn’t the destination — It’s how you choose to travel. The day before we moved into our new home, I got the stitches removed from my finger. The doctor wrapped it up tightly but told me I could take off the bandage the next day. After a long day of moving-related commotion, Angela and I sat out on our new deck to watch the sun gently descend across Choctawhatchee Bay. It was the moment we’d been fantasizing about for two long years. “I want to see it,” said Angela. “What?” “I want to see your finger,” she said. “Is it gross? Did it hurt when they took the stitches out?” “It was a little tender,” I admitted. “I want to see it.” (Angela has a peculiar penchant for all things gross and disgusting.) I gently unwrapped the bandage and looked down at my new scar. I smiled. I held my finger up to show Angela. “It’s shaped like a smile,” I said. “Of course it is,” she replied, tears welling up in her eyes. It’s Dudley’s smile. His final gift to me. And it’s a gift I will carry and treasure for all my days. Although far short of Dudley’s best episode, this is the only (known) recording of The Puppy Puppet Showtime. This show was recorded on May 21, 2016, just 8 days before Dudley’s final performance: Click here to take a virtual tour of the new home. Here are more photos by Alissa Arynn Photography: Epilogue: We would never have returned home without the help of so many generous friends and partners. Angela and I would like to express our sincere thanks to Kristi and Thom of Hart Builders, Ed of Rolen Studio, Cassidy of Lovelace Interiors, Joey of Lovelace Interiors, Marisol and Tony of Not Too Shabby Boutique, Shannon and Judy at Ferguson, Mike of Renovation Flooring, Will and Katie of Beautiful Lights, Tania of Classic Design Stone, Stan and Chris of AVX Audio Video Excellence, Joseph at Seaview Glass and Mirror, Charley, Justin and Matt at Green Earth Landscape Services, Chris and Sam at Cox Pools Sales and Service, Ralph at Riviera Stoneworks, Maria and Hendrik at La Place USA Furniture Outlet, Ashley of Terra Firma Landscapes, Joe of PerceptionsbyMayer, Linda of The Galley, Andres of Venez Painting, Jason of Sherwin-Williams and Shannon and Joel of RAVE, Ken at Planet Secure, Mason at Builder Specialties (BSI), Suzanne at Concept Blinds and Design, Amy at Alpha Closets & Murphy Beds, Rodney of Mid-America Insulation, and Lisa and the entire wonderful team at VIE Magazine for sharing our family’s story. For more information about the project, visit 30A.com/modern. Sincere thanks to our partners: GOLD PARTNERS Builder: Hart Builders 850-586-1070 Residential Design: Rolen Studio – Modern Residential 850-814-2642 Interior Design: Cassidy Lyons Pickens (Lovelace Interiors) 850-200-2062 cassidy32459@yahoo.com Joey LaSalle (Lovelace Interiors) 615-585-5638 www.joeylasalle.com Original Art: Matt Lyons Allison Wickey Mary Hong Fusion Art Glass Flooring / Tile: Renovation Flooring 850-460-7295 Custom Furniture: Not Too Shabby Boutique 850-419-3976 Lighting: Beautiful Lights 850-650-9417 Master Bathroom Custom Cabinetry: Zimerman Enterprises 850-313-0348 Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson 850-269-1993 Countertops: Classic Design Stone / Caesarstone / MSI 850-419-3976 Home Automation: AVX – Audio Video Excellence 850-529-4743 Glass / Mirrors: Seaview Glass and Mirror 850-654-5527 Landscape Plan: Terra Firma Landscapes 850-502-6365 Landscaping: Green Earth Landscape Services 850-267-0010 Swimming Pool: Cox Pools Sales and Service 850-235-0095 Pool Pavers: Riviera Stoneworks 251-943-1801 Pool and Patio Furniture: La Place USA Furniture Outlet 850-269-0969 3D Home Tour: PerceptionsbyMayer 850-499-2213 Infrared Sauna: Finnleo Sauna and Steam 800-346-6536 Kitchen Work Station: The Galley 800-375-4255 Interior and Exterior Paint: Sherwin-Williams 1300 County Highway 283 South Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 850-534-0741 Painter / Contractor: Venez Painting 850-585-1795 SILVER PARTNERS: Kitchen Appliances: Builder Specialties (BSI), Destin (850-650-9092) Home Security: Planet Secure (850-278-6226) Custom Window Treatments: Concept Blinds and Design (850-797-6819) Custom Closet Design: Alpha Closets and Murphy Beds (850-516-8827) Doors and Windows: Southern Windows and Doors (850-546-1773) Pool Paver Installation: Flamingo Hardscapes (850-974-0819) Insulation: Mid-America Insulation and Supply (850-312-8400) Electrical: Xcell Electric Inc. (850-865-3254) Plumbing / Gas: SSE Plumbing and Gas Contractors (850-441-3458) Gutters: Architectural Gutter Systems (850-226-6207)
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Beach Bonfires on 30A — Everything You Need to Know

By Susan Vallee Think you’ve got this whole 30A beach thing down? Well, let’s see … you’ve cheered the sunset ringing of the bell at Bud & Alley’s, you’ve sipped mimosas while grooving to Dread Clampitt at The Red Bar and you’ve YOLO’d your way across Western Lake … but have you experienced the magic of a bonfire on the beach? When you combine the fun of a campfire (s’mores, cuddling and shared laughter) with the dramatic beauty of the beach at night, it becomes an experience that is hard to top. Cool sand between your toes, the warmth of a roaring fire, the sound of waves crashing in front of you while burning embers float upwards towards the sky — it really is an extraordinary experience. Book your beach bonfire now.   Of course, the only thing better than enjoying a beach bonfire is not having to haul all the chairs and coolers down to the beach, setting up the fire pit, and then cleaning up the ensuing mess in the dark. 30A has plenty of companies willing to come down to the beach and set one up for you — and they know how to do it right. You can even add s’mores to your evening of fun — great for kids and adults alike. Who doesn’t like to roast a good marshmallow? If you’d rather do it all yourself, it’s not hard to obtain a permit from the South Walton Fire District. Cost is $50. Visit their website for more info. WARNING: Fines for a not properly permitted or executed beach bonfire range from $200 to two months in jail, so make sure you understand the rules and regulations before setting out on your own. Book your beach bonfire here now or visit this page for more information about permits and regulations. SUSAN VALLEE has been writing about the beauty and quirkiness of 30A for longer than she’d care to admit. A transplant from Atlanta, Susan loves the small-town feel and tight-knit local community here. Susan is the author of Meet Me on 30A.
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FRIDAY: Don’t Miss CVHN’s Hurricane Party at Bud & Alley’s

Bud & Alley’s will host the 12th Annual Hurricane Party on Friday, September 23, benefitting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. The party runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and includes entertainment by 4 Barrel Funk. Along with the amazing views, food, beverages, dancing and fun that Bud and Alley’s is famous for, the event will also feature a live and silent auction. “The Hurricane Party goes back to the very beginning of Children’s Volunteer Health Network”, said Executive Director, Zach Billingsley. When the Founding Members of CVHN were planning the very first fundraiser for the organization back in 2004, hurricane evacuations threatened the success of the event. The event organizers personally called the invitation list asking people to come back into town for the Hurricane Party. The community showed up in a big way raising more than $40,000 and the name stuck. Now in its 12th year, the Hurricane Party has become a must-attend event for locals and visitors of the Emerald Coast. Listen to the story and learn more in this 30A Radio exclusive: “We are so pleased to be hosting the Hurricane Party benefiting CVHN again this year at Bud & Alley’s,” said Dave Rauschkolb, owner of Bud & Alley’s. “We are drawn to this cause because the heart of this organization is about enriching children’s lives.  Providing free, essential health and dental services to uninsured and under-insured children lessens suffering and builds stronger, more productive and happy children in our area.  Together we can make a tremendous and meaningful difference for these children. Please join us for this important event.” The evening festivities will build up to a live auction where exclusive trips, private dinners with local chefs and more create a bidding frenzy each year. All proceeds from the event go to CVHN, which spends 94 cents of every dollar on its programs that help kids in Walton and Okaloosa counties to sustain the CVHN mission for their three major programs: a 34’ Mobile Dental Clinic that visits local elementary schools and other local charities, a network of volunteer providers and the CVHN Dental Clinic located in Santa Rosa Beach. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with heavy creole hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are limited and will be $100 in advance and $125 day of the party. Guests will be able to purchase tickets online or by phone beginning August 1st. For more info on sponsorships, or to purchase tickets, visit cvhnkids.org/hurricane or contact Amy at 850.622.3200 ext. 101 or admin@cvhnkids.org.
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Destin Charity Wine Auction Presents $2.66 Million to Local Kids’ Charities

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.
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Help Us Help Louisiana Flood Victims

Help us help our neighbors in Louisiana with our special edition ‘Can’t Wash Us Away‘ 30A shirt. All profits from the shirt sales will go straight to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s flood relief fund, which supports local nonprofits serving communities affected by the floods. This flood relief version of our Dumpster Diver tees, made from recycled plastic water bottles, is available in youth and adult sizes. The design features a pelican — Louisiana’s state bird — perched atop a post stamped with a silhouette of Louisiana. The phrase “can’t wash us away” is a reference to lyrics in the song “Louisiana 1927” by Randy Newman about another devastating flood. Support the effort here! Learn more in this Facebook video announcing the effort with The 30A Company’s Mike Ragsdale: Flood Relief in Louisiana30A just made this announcement about the flood victims in Louisiana. PLEASE SHARE: 30Agear.com/products/flood-relief-tee Posted by 30A on Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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