Beginner Friendly Tennis Round Robin in Watercolor

Love All Logo

The renowned tennis resorts of Watercolor and Seaside, with the help of Tennis Pro Tracy Townsend is hosting the 3rd Annual Love All Round Robin Tennis Tournament to benefit local charity, Food for Thought Outreach on Saturday, September 21st. The Walton County based non-profit whose mission is to provide food and meals to local children in need, depends greatly on events like these to keep providing services.

The Love All Round Robin last year gained a lot of traction and in addition to raising thousands of dollars for FFT in just a matter of hours, helped bring awareness to an organization that not only serves Walton County, but also most recently expanded to help children in the Destin area.

Beachy Beach 30A Real Estate is the presenting sponsor again this year and will be helping facilitate this event with the help of 30A Tennis and will provide lunch and refreshments for players.  Attendees will enjoy a friendly Round Robin competition with other tennis aficionados like themselves as well as participate in a Silent Auction which will include items from local vendors such as designer jewelry from Blessings in Disguise, luxury home goods from Summer House Lifestyle, and unique home and garden items from Clay 30A Nursery and more.  Participants will also have a chance to purchase inaugural Food for Thought and Love All merchandise, with all profits going directly to the FFT mission.

Another exciting change for this year’s event, is that not only are all levels welcome to join in the game, both Men and Ladies can participate this year as there will be Men’s Doubles and Ladies’ Doubles.  The event is beginner friendly, so novices need not be shy!

Registration is also quick and easy as players can go online to and pay with their credit card, and even elect to give an extra donation to Food for Thought, should they choose.  For more information about the event, whether you want to play or you want to help out or donate an auction item, please email or call 850-231-3060 and ask for Hilary or Britt.

In addition to getting a chance to play with tennis players like themselves, included in the cost of the admission ticket, players will enjoy lunch and swag from Beachy Beach 30A Real Estate as well as two raffle tickets for a chance to win a raffle prize from Cotton Land Title which has generously donated a Off Shore Fishing Trip with Salty Fish Coastal Outfitters.  If you can not make the event and still want a a chance at the raffle prize, you can email for more details.

You can also stay connected to this year’s event by visiting the Facebook Page for 30A Tennis, where you can share the event with friends and get a sneak peak at some of the auction items as the event nears.

To find out how you can help Food for Thought Outreach as they work to serve more schools in our area, visit their website at or email them directly at

Planning for New Year’s Eve? Ideas Have Arrived

Christmas is right around the corner, which means that 2012 is looming near as well!  If you aren’t sure how to spend the last moments of 2011 maybe you’ll find some inspiration in these events!

Pier Park’s 4th Annual Beach Ball Drop

Say farewell to 2011 and hello to 2012 at Pier Park with a family-friendly celebration that includes balloon artists, stilt walkers, and the release of over 7,000 beach balls.  The countdown to midnight will involve the lowering of a 800-pound beach ball and fireworks to celebrate the start of 2012.

Festivities are set to begin at 5:30pm on December 31st, 2011 with the beach ball release being scheduled for 7:00pm.

Visit previous articles to get a feel for the event:

Beach Ball Drop 2010

Pictures from 2010

A Video of 2008’s Event

3rd Annual Countdown to Seaside! A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Seaside’s festivities begin at 7pm on December 31st, 2011 and will continue into the wee hours of 2012.  The event is a family-friendly party with live entertainment, kids’ art projects, street performers, and a firework display over the Gulf of Mexico.  Performances will include Kyle Lamonica at 7pm, The David Mayfield Parade at 8:15pm, and at 10pm Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers will take the stage.  Midnight will be greeted with an amazing firework display.

From 7pm-11pm, Abrakadoodle will be offering free unique art projects for children.  These projects will include noisemakers and time capsules!  There will also be face painters to help get everyone in the festive spirit!

SHINE- A NYE Celebration in Paradise, at the Holiday Inn

The Holiday Inn is partnering with Give Kid’s The World Foundation for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration.  A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will help a family with a child, whose medical bills and conditions would have prevented them from enjoying their time together, make amazing memories.

They have special prices for a room, dinner, party, breakfast, and drink tickets- all including a late checkout time!  Please visit them online to see the different packages and pricing available for New Year’s Eve.  Have fun celebrating a new year for a great cause!

Make sure to have fun, because “how you start the year, is how you spend the year!”


The Seaside Repertory Theatre will be once again be performing the hit musical play, “Always…Patsy Cline,” sponsored by Midtown Seagrove. It’s been six years since Patsy has been featured on the Rep stage, and the show will kick off the theatre’s 10th anniversary season this Thursday, March 18th 2010, running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through April 10th 2010. Continue reading “SEASIDE REP OPENS 10TH SEASON WITH "ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE"”

Taste of THE Beach

Taste of THE Beach Partners Announce Unparalleled Regional “Wine.Dine.Donate” Event

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. – Wine enthusiasts and aficionados, gourmets and gourmands, philanthropists and successful friends will combine talents and passions to create an unparalleled 4 day gala, “Taste of THE Beach-Wine.Dine.Donate” November 6-9, 2008.  This 4 day extravaganza will be held on the Northwest Florida gulf coast, also referred to as THE Beach, which is blessed with pristine white-sand beaches and emerald-colored waters. It’s also home to a world class resort community where the residents sport a casual and relaxed attitude, yet are obsessed with great wine, great food, and philanthropy.

Spectacular charity wine events and the names Napa, Naples and Nashville are often thought to be synonymous. When thinking premiere events, one usually does not think the Florida Gulf Coast. But this is no usual event.
What’s the secret?  A unique fusion of pure sophistication and southern charm combined with the fun and relaxed ambiance of the seaside.  Add to the mix the world’s greatest vintners, culinary masters, exhilarating auctions, and the opportunity to positively impact the lives of needy children and you’ve got the recipe for success. Robert Davis, Founder of Seaside, states “We are pleased the Seeing Red Wine Festival will be incorporated into Taste of THE Beach.   Seeing Red has been one of this area’s leading culinary and vinicultural events for many years and this relationship will allow us to take this event to the next level.  Even in its formative years, it attracted wine and food luminaries like Robert and Margrit Mondavi and Lidia Bastianich and offered dinners and wine tastings that were extraordinary.  We hope that broadening the alliance with THE Beach will allow this event to attract the international sponsorship and clientele for whom the event and the venue will offer enormous appeal”.

“With the 17 year success of the Seeing Red Wine Festival, partnering with Coastal Vision 3000, it will only enhance the event and expose Seaside to an international audience that will make the event more successful,” says Cara Roy, Chairman of the Merchants of Seaside. “Having events with proven success is an integral part of building Taste of THE Beach, and to be recognized for our 17 years of success of the Seeing Red Wine Festival is quite an honor. We are excited about this partnership and pleased to share our successes to help build THE Beach brand,” agrees Kristin Kramin-Banker, Executive Director for the Merchants at Seaside.

The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), Coastal Vision 3000 (CV 3000), and Walton Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) have created a partnership to host the Taste of THE Beach-Wine.Dine.Donate.

The DCWAF mission is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money for children in need.  This organization is no stranger to wildly successful wine and culinary events.  In just over 2 years they have raised over $1,000,000 for local children’s charities.  Their reach is international and has included such wine celebrities as  France’s Laurent Drouhin of Joseph Drouhin & Domaine Drouhin and Marc Perrin of Chateau de Beaucastel, Williams Selyem’s Bob Cabral, Dan Kosta of Kosta-Browne, Oregon’s Grace and Ken Evenstad of Domaine Serene, Australia’s Dan Philips and David Galzignato with Duckhorn Wine Company.  Participating world-renowned chefs have included Chris Wilson of Emeril’s New Orleans, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace  and legendary chef extraordinaire Norman Van Aken of Norman’s, to name a few.

“As a long time business owner in Northwest Florida, I can’t imagine a better way to positively impact our community,” exclaims Chan Cox, Owner of Chan’s Wine World.

Some of Northwest Florida’s most respected business leaders have joined to create Coastal Vision 3000, a membership organization of regional stewards representing hospitality, real estate, tourism and economic development interests in Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Santa Rosa, Escambia and Gulf counties. The stewards of Coastal Vision 3000 are committed to working together to create an internationally recognized, branded destination, to help ensure the long-term economic growth of our region. They have committed to work together to participate in a regional brand-building campaign, to support the work of our region’s tourism and economic development professionals, and to attract additional domestic and international air service to the region.

“It is our pleasure to be a part of and support a Taste of THE Beach and host a portion of the event at the Emerald Grande resort at HarborWalk Village.   Emerald Grande’s location on the Destin Harbor will give guests a taste of one of the cornerstones of THE Beach area.  Where the energies come together – THE Beach, the bay, the nightlife, the shopping, the boating and the fishing,” says Peter H. Boss, CEO of Legendary, Inc.

“This event will be another confirmation to the area residents and business people, to show how well our organizations and our counties work together, with no borders. The commitment we have as stewards of Coastal Vision 3000 is to grow our market and support the area as one branded name that we can be identified with nationally and internationally,” says Mike Chouri, General Manager for the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa.

The Walton Area Chamber has taken a strong leadership role on the Emerald Coast to facilitate a vibrant and cooperative business involvement. Their membership is found in eight states and eight counties throughout Florida.


Thursday, November 6, 2008
Kick-Off Reception at the Emerald Grande on the Destin harbor for celebrity vintners and chefs and other VIP’s.

Friday, November 7th, 2008
5pm to 8pm – Enjoy wine and food while strolling through the all-new Pier Park in Panama City Beach.

Saturday, November 8th, 2008
12pm to 4pm – Join us for Seeing Red-a wine and food walkabout at the quintessential coastal community, Seaside, FL.
Evening—Retail tent and wine tasting at Water Color’s outdoor Mountain Film Festival.
Wine celebrity dinners will be held in the area’s finest restaurants throughout the Gulf Coast.  Celebrity vintners will be paired with celebrity guest chefs at each of these locations to create an unforgettable evening.

“In its eighth year, WaterColor’s outdoor Mountain Film Festival celebrates the best in independent thinking – where adventure is celebrated, history is important, and people are passionate about what they believe.  It attracts an audience seeking a culturally rich, conversation-inspiring experience in which to discuss films, share ideas and be inspired, all under a dramatic canopy of stars.  By being a part of the ‘Taste of THE Beach, we will have the opportunity to pair incredible wines with incredible film in an incredible setting and present an even greater event for all to enjoy”.

Sunday, November 9th, 2008
10am to 1pm-The Rosemary Wine Event blends premium wines, gourmet food, and Gulf Coast culture into a sophisticated, educational, and entertaining event.

3:00 pm- At the luxurious Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa guests will be treated to distinctive wines from internationally acclaimed vintners, poured and paired with fine cuisine created by a selection of the area’s top restaurants.  While wining and dining, attendees will enjoy live music and the excitement of a silent auction. The night will culminate with a high-energy and entertaining live auction that will include rare and distinctive wines, themed get-a-ways and other spectacular, one-of-a-kind items.

“For the past six years the Walton Area Chamber has hosted The Taste of The Emerald Coast, this new partnership with Coastal Vision 3000 and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation will all us to take this event to new heights and serve as a catalyst for driving destination travelers to our region,” says Lori Kelley, Chair of the Walton Area Chamber.

“The 2008 Taste of THE Beach Wine, Dine and Donate, is yet another great example of this undiscovered region coming together for the common good of all. We are excited that Bay County will be able to show travelers some of the impressive cornerstones in the region. Pier Park is a great community partner and perfect venue for a quality experience,” exclaims Paul Wohlford, Edgewater Beach Resort.

Guests will plan their social calendars around attending this extraordinary event, arriving from all over the United States. Special accommodations packages and group airfare discounts will be available. Ticket packages will be offered for the entire weekend or for individual events.

The proceeds will benefit the lives of children in need.  Taste of THE Beach-Wine.Dine.Donate is committed to supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Northwest Florida.

“This partnership exemplifies how charitable, business and governmental organizations can successfully work together for everyone’s benefit.  We’re honored and thrilled to be a part of it, and look forward to using this success to make a difference in a child’s life,” says Todd Vucovich, Executive Director for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.

For more information, you may reach the chamber at: 850-267-0683, 63 South Centre Trail, Santa Rosa Beach; or 850-892-3191, 95 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs. Find out more, and check out the newly launched Walton Area Chamber Channel, at

Florida Panhandle recongnized in national publication

Again Northwest Florida has been recongnized in a national publication.  Ocean Home Magazine featured our area in their Winter 2007/2008 issue in the article titled StoryBook Settings.  The article speaks into the area’s “picturesque developments [adhereing] to the principles of New Urbanism”.

I have to admit, after reading the first part, I wonder if St. Joe played a significant part in influencing this article, but it does speak into other areas such as SanDestin, Seaside and Alys Beach.   The article is very flattering and definitely reinforces my pride in our area.

Read the article.

Ocean Home Mag on Northwest Florida