Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Get fed at The Shed! Grand Re-Opening Tomorrow, March 1st!

Head to The Shed tomorrow for their Grand Re-Opening!

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Mmmmmmm! Destin’s The Shed Barbeque and Blues Joint will be hosting is grand re-opening tomorrow, March 1st. This is one event you do NOT want to miss. Award winning BBQ, brews, live entertainment, what more could you ask for? Bonus! The joint is newly renovated and located at HarborWalk Village on the beautiful Destin Harbor. Is your mind officially blown or what?
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ShedSpred is the 4th Best BBQ Sauce in the WORLD!
When recently ranked the Top 100 BBQ Sauces in the world, The Shed’s ShedSpred placed 4th and their rubs placed 12th. These guys know their barbeque! Are you salivating yet?

Mattanja Bradley of Bradley Circus will be performing live joint March 1st and March 2nd, and the Beachcomber Musician of the Year, Forrest Williams, will be hitting the stage at 10 p.m. on March 2nd.  Who else will be rocking the Shed this month? Check out the March music line up below to find out more.

The Shed Destin March Music Line up

03/01 7pm Mattanja Bradley of Bradley Circus
10pm Hotel Oscar

03/02 7pm Mattanja Bradley of Bradley Circus
10pm Forrest Williams Band

03/03 6pm Bob Margolin
10pm Yamadeo

03/07 7pm Space Capone

03/08 7pm Roots of Rebellion      

03/09 7pm Lee Yankee and the Hellz Yeah

03/10 6pm Delta Saints
10pm The 17th Floor

03/11 10pm Velcro Pygmies and the Bad Ass Brass Band

03/12 10pm Velcro Pygmies and the Bad Ass Brass Band

6pm Wes Loper
10pm Trotline

03/14 6pm David Chastain
10pm Fly By Radio

03/15 6pm Mario Mena
10pm Trotline

03/16 6pm Forrest Williams Band
10pm Park Band

3/17 6pm Mario Mena
10pm Wrong Way-Tribute to Sublime

3/22 7pm Jimmy Buffett Tribute

3/23 6pm Fort Bayou Slim
10pm ArtOfficial

3/24 6pm SugarCane Jane
10pm Dave Matthews Tribute Band

3/29 7pm Jimmy Buffett Tribute

3/30 TBA

3/31 6pm Curtis Grimes
10pm Higher Ground-Tribute to Red Hot Chili Peppers

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What Are You Doing This Weekend? February 24-26

Kick off the Weekend! February 24-26, 2012

What’s happening on the Emerald Coast this weekend?

It’s a big weekend for sportsman, and fans of performance art alike. If you haven’t made your weekend plans yet Life’s A Beach wants to help. We’ve highlighted a few of the area happenings for the upcoming weekend below for your convenience.

All Weekend (February 24-26)

The Florida Sportsman Expo will take place at the Okaloosa County Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach. A fun event for anglers, boaters and hunters, featuring continuous seminar stages, casting ponds, kids’ events, a hands-on rigging table, free fly and net-casting lessons, the newest line-up of boats in all sizes, and exhibits by Florida’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Friday, February 24

The Emerald Coast Chorus will present The Magic of Harmony at the Emerald Coast Convention Center from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come out and listen to the over 40 all-male voices that make up this a cappella chorus, dedicated to musical excellence and the preservation of the uniquely American style of music known as "Barbershop."

The Broadway version of Monty Python's Spamalot is coming to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center for one night only, on February 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 25

Don your best camo and head to Legendary Marina in Destin for the Ducks Unlimited Sportsman’s Day Out. This event is chock-full of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, including a barbeque, seminars for hunters and anglers, tons of raffle prizes and more!

Sunday February 26

Need an excuse to wear that poodle skirt? Hold on to your bobby socks, it’s the 2nd Annual Snowbird Appreciation “Sock Hop” from 6-11 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Wear your favorite sock hop attire for live music, costume and dance contests, door prizes, and a cash bar.

Hope everyone has only the beachiest of weekends this week!
            -The Life’s A Beach crew

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2012 Gulf Coast Challenge Ride 2 Recovery presented by UnitedHealthCare

Ride 2 Recovery is coming to the Gulf Coast. This bicycle fitness challenge produced by the Fitness Challenge Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is designed to help improve the health and wellness of wounded warriors by providing a life changing experience that can impact their lives forever.

Come out and participate in the ride of a lifetime, while helping our nation’s wounded warriors. Beginning in New Orleans, LA the Gulf Coast Challenge will take you along the historic Gulf of Mexico all the way to Panama City, FL before taking a left hand turn to the Apalachicola National Forest and on to the State Capitol of Tallahassee. The last day will feature a tour of the Capitol City with state officials scheduled to take part in the ride. Whether you ride for one day, or multiple days, the Gulf Coast Challenge will be worth the ride.

There is a $50 registration fee which includes a one-day ride, t-shirt, giveaways, course refreshments, ride support, and lunch. You will need to arrange your own transportation back to the start.

If you’re interested in participating in the Gulf Coast Challenge, contact Jaime Magarity via email at or by phone at 954.378.0606. You may also visit the Ride 2 Recovery website at

Ride Schedule
Starting Point
Ending Destination
March 4, 2012
75 miles
New Orleans, LA
Gulfport, MS
March 5, 2012
64 miles
Gulfport, MS
Mobile, AL
March 6, 2012
66 miles
Mobile, AL
Orange Beach, AL
March 7, 2012
66 miles
Orange Beach, AL
Fort Walton Beach, FL
March 8, 2012
58 miles
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Panama City, FL
March 9, 2012
100 miles
Panama City, FL
Tallahassee, FL
March 10, 2012
Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee, FL

A little bit about Ride 2 Recovery:
Ride 2 Recovery supports Spinning® Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling programs at Military and VA locations around the U.S. helping injured veterans overcome the obstacles they face.
Cycling is an important part of the recovery and rehabilitation program for two reasons:
1.)    Cycling is an activity that almost all patients with metal and physical disabilities can participate.
2.)    Participation in the Ride 2 Recovery Program helps speed up the recovery and rehabilitation process.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What Are You Doing This Weekend? February 17-19

What’s happening on the Emerald Coast this weekend?

We've got a big weekend ahead of us. It’s President’s Day weekend, so I know there are a few people out there who will enjoy a longer break than usual. Fat Tuesday is just around the corner as well, so there are several Mardi Gras celebrations happening throughout the area over the next few days. This should also be a highly entertaining and cultured weekend, with an art show, and several musical performances, including the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra among others. In addition, if you’re an avid runner, you will have your choice this week of what events you’d like to participate in, and for what cause.

It’s a great weekend to be on the Emerald Coast, and if you haven’t made your weekend plans yet, Life’s A Beach wants to help. We’ve highlighted a few of the area happenings for the upcoming weekend below for your convenience.

Multi-Day Events

(February 17 & 18) Spend an evening enjoying the sounds of Grammy Award-winning The Parker QuartetThis astounding string quartet performs this special evening in the intimate setting of Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. both days.

(February 18-19) Barefoot runners, this is your race! The Destin 50 Beach Ultra Marathon, 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. boasts an entire weekend of events for runners. This race will take place on the white sand beaches of Destin, Florida and next to the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  That's right, the entire 50 mile/50K/relay races are in the sand! Truly a race like no other. Marathon benefits go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Friday, February 17th

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents Stars of Tomorrow at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Relish in the extraordinary talent that is highlighting the 2011 Concerto Competition winners.  This family friendly concert features the orchestra in a salute to the Old West, with a presentation of Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid suite, and guest artist performances by the talented winners of the 25th annual Concerto Competition for young musicians.

Saturday, February 18th

Navarre’s  26th Annual Mardi Gras Parade begins at 1:00 p.m. on Grand Boulevard in Navarre Beach., 850.939.3267

The Friends of the Museum will be sponsoring the annual White Tent Yard Sale Fundraiser from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. outside the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum. Several tents and tables of gently used items, baked goods, and coffee will be for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Heritage Park and Cultural Center.

The Doo-Wah Riders concert at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium offers a return to familiar Americana. They have entertained for more than 30 years with their sounds of high energy country with a Cajun twist. Concert starts at 7:30 P.M. The audience is invited to a reception at the Magnolia Grill following the concert where they can meet all the band members.

Enjoy great food, beverages and more at the Sandestin Gumbo Festival which will take place at the Village of Baytowne Wharf from noon until 4 p.m. Bring your discerning palate, and cast your vote as area restaurants and businesses vie for the prestigious title of “Area’s Best Gumbo.”

Enjoy a parade, costume contest, movie and more at the 1st Annual Hammock Bay Mardi Gras Dog Parade and Festival at Hammock Bay in Freeport. The theme this year is Beach Bound Hounds! Parade will start at Canine Commons Bark Park in Hammock Bay at 4 p.m. and end in the town square at Hammock Bay where the street party begins. Stay for a movie in the park featuring Disney’s animated comedy Princess and the Frog set in the festive city of New Orleans.

Head out to the Destin Commons from 3-5 p.m. for the Destin Commons Mardi Gras Masquerade featuring entertainment, a seafood boil, arts & crafts, street dancing and more.

Take part in the Son of A Beach 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation this Saturday. Event begins at 8 a.m. at the Back Porch Restaurant in Destin. Registration includes a logo'd SoB cooler, water, light snacks and entertainment.

Get active for a great cause at the Run for the Kids a 5K run or walk event to benefit AMI Kids Emerald Coast. Event starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. After party/awards ceremony will follow at Fokkers in Downtown Fort Walton Beach.
Register online at

Bring your artistic side to the Annual Art Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Seascape Resort Conference Center. Several artists represented. Original watercolors, prints, cards, gift items, and art instruction supplies will be for sale. Come meet the artists and purchase local artwork. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Sunday February 19th

This year’s Modern Bridal Expo at the Village of Baytowne Wharf gives brides the opportunity to mix and mingle with leading wedding vendors at Sandestin’s Baytowne Conference Center. The expo will feature a high-energy fashion show, door prizes, and the chance to win a FREE honeymoon! As a bonus brides may tour Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s wedding venues.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Mardi Gras Dog Parade is one of the premier canine events on the Emerald Coast with members of the four-pawed community coming far and wide to participate. This year’s theme is Cruisin’ Canines: Fetch a Wave. Event starts at 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge.


Join the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild for their annual Food and Wine Tasting, to be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center from 1-4 p.m.

Celebrate the coasts most talented regional and local musicians at the 4th Annual Beachcomber Music Awards at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy live music throughout the village from several of the nominees. Concerts are FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

What Are You Doing This Weekend? February 10-12

Kick off the Weekend! February 10-12, 2012

What’s happening on the Emerald Coast this weekend?

What on earth will you do this weekend? If you have no idea, Life’s A Beach wants to help. We’ve highlighted a few of the area happenings for the upcoming weekend below for your convenience.

Multi-Day Events  

Greater Tuna the hilarious play about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies, will be performed February 10th and 11th at the Destin Community Center on Stahlman Avenue. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna -- men, women, children and animals. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. both days.
Advance tickets may be purchased at or by calling 850.763.4696.

Friday, February 10

Tops in Blue, the Air Force’s premier entertainment showcase will bring you a variety of musical styles at a free concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center 6-11:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 11

Head out to Okaloosa Island to enjoy the carnival atmosphere with live music, costumes, and more at the Mardi Gras on the Island celebration! Parade starts at 11 a.m., come prepared to catch some beads., 850.244.8191

Learn to make fun and functional boxes from leftover scraps of fabric and ribbon at this week’s Green Earth Living Craft Series – Ribbon Box Making. All class materials are included, but advanced registration and payment (by cash or check) are required. Please call the museum at 850-833-9595 or email to sign up.  Money raised will go towards programming needs at Heritage Park and Cultural Center.

Enjoy a Valentine Dinner on the Destin Harbor. The HarborView Room at the Emerald Grande will be will be hosting a romantic candlelit dinner.  Enjoy a chef-prepared 3 course dinner with a sunset backdrop unlike any other and a vintage piano bar scene with entertainment by Sean Dietrich. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are not required but are highly recommended. BONUS: Those with reservations will receive a complimentary photograph of themselves courtesy of HD Action Photography., 850.329.0601

Enjoy some tasty treats at the 9th annual CHOCOLAT' FARE, sponsored by Destin United Methodist Women. Event is from 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Lots of yummy homemade chocolates will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Church Benevolence Fund. This is used to help those in need in our area. Beautiful handcrafted jewelry will also be for sale. Fellas, this just may be a great place to pick up some Valentine’s Day goodies for that special someone. Don't miss this fun event!

Join SunQuest Cruises for Dine… Dance… Cruise… Romance! Hop aboard for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day celebration. Experience a romantic cruise of candle light, moonlight, love songs and fun. Delicious food will be served and there will be a full service bar on board.

Sunday, February 5

Head to HarborWalk Village this Sunday for a romantic afternoon as The Flytones perform for the Valentine’s Special edition of their Winter Concert Series. The concert is free and open to the public and will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Wishing everyone a wonderful and beachy weekend!
            -The Life’s A Beach crew

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mardi Gras Kick Off Parade At HarborWalk Village

Hanging out before the parade.
On the left Sarah Hockett, Charles Born, Whitney Born.
On the right, Mardi Gra King Mark Bellinger.
I know there were a ton of people at last Saturday’s Mardi Gras Kick Off Parade at HarborWalk Village. It was an absolutely gorgeous day to be out enjoying the festivities. For those of you that were in attendance you know what a blast this event was.

Gearing up for the parade. We're ready to roll!
From right to left:
Whitney Born with her dad, Charles, Life's A Beach Distribution Manager,
Sarah Hockett, Copy Production Editor,
Melissa Wride-Auer, Art Director,
Rick Seevers, Publisher/Owner
 Everyone was in a festive spirit and dressed to the nines in their Mardi Gras best. A river of purple, gold, and green flowed through the streets of HarborWalk Village as it rained beads, candy, and moon pies over the crowds of smiling people. The Life’s A Beach gang was glad to glitz up the van, glam up themselves and be a part of this fun-filled celebration. 

Rubbing elbows with the Mardi Gras King and Queen
Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council's
Mark Bellinger, and Destin Mayor "Sam" (Sarah) Seevers

A post- parade picture of our decorating handy work

Click here to see video of this event!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

What Are You Doing This Weekend? February 3-5, 2012

What’s happening on the Emerald Coast this weekend?

 Life’s A Beach wants to help you kick off your weekend with this easy guide. We’ve highlighted a few of the area happenings for the upcoming weekend below for your convenience.

All Weekend (February 3-5)

Last chance for ice skating at the Village of Baytowne Wharf!

Friday, February 3

The Florida premiere of "Ansel Adams: America" will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Also on the program are Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and a Howard Levy debut performance of "Concerto for Harmonica & Orchestra."

Saturday, February 4

The Eco-Nomic Living Expo will take place at the Emerald Coast Convention Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn to make Smart Choices by participating in this FREE event. The Eco-Nomic Living Expo is a fun learning experience with numerous events and opportunities. Bring the kids! Youth activities all day at the Expo. Seminars and workshops on health, wealth and the environment, with national and local speakers. Don’t miss the prizes and giveaways!

The 22nd Annual Chili Competition at the Santa Rosa Mall will be held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Participants will be selling competition chili to general public for 50 cents. All Proceeds benefit the agencies of the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

The Mardi Gras Kick Off Parade at HarborWalk Village starts at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers, and float riders tossing handful of beads! Stay and enjoy live music on the Main Stage after the parade. Don't forget to look for the Life's A Beach gang here. Give us a wave and we'll toss you some bona fide Mardi Gras trinkets!
Look for the Life's A Beach van at the Mardi Gras Kick Off Parade.
You may not immediately recognize it under its Mardi Gras disguise!

Mattie Kelly Arts Center Nationally Touring Shows presents "Simply Sinatra” starring Steve Lippia. Headlining Las Vegas and now Niceville, Steve Lippia and his 16 piece band bring Frank Sinatra’s essence back to the stage in a show that as timeless as a cocktail, a tuxedo or a diamond ring! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday February 5

Super bowl Sunday! Order your favorite pizza, grab some drinks, invite your buddies over and enjoy the game, or the commercials, whatever you like best.

If you’re not a sports fan, there’s not a lot going on this Sunday, the weather reports say it should be a pretty nice day though, so take a walk, hit the beach, or head outside. If the weatherman is wrong, stay in, take a nap, make a big bowl of popcorn, and watch a movie.

Wishing everyone a beachy weekend!
            -The Life’s A Beach crew