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Third Annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach

The 3rd Annual 30A Wine Festival, a showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary favorites, returns to Alys Beach, March 7-9, 2014.   This newly expanded three-day event features a Friday night gathering, “Bourbon, Beer, & Butts,” Saturday wine tasting seminars, a walkabout and grand tasting, a band party at nightfall, and Sunday’s exclusive event, “Pork and Pinot,” complete with croquet tournament. (Appropriate croquet attire encouraged.)

Limited tickets are available for this event. Weekend tickets are $300 per person, and the proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

With something for everyone, the celebration begins on Friday night with “Bourbon, Beer, & Butts,” featuring music by GRAMMY award-winning musician, Sam Bush, and local favorites, Boukou Groove, and Dread Clampitt.  Guests will enjoy barbeque by Barefoot BBQ and Charlie’s Donut Truck, beer from Grayton Beer Company, Oyster City Brewing Company and Sweetwater Brewing Company, and swanky bourbon selections from Four Roses, Junior’s Midnight Moon, Wathen’s Kentucky Bourbon, and other spirit distillers.   Guests may purchase a stand alone ticket for this evening event for $50 per person.

On Saturday, the festival opens with afternoon wine seminars in the Red Loggia at Caliza Pool.  Join vintners from Broadbent Selections, Domaine Serene, and Mario Perelli-Minetti for tasting sessions with flair.   Esteemed seminar guides will share a unique experience with guests, as they lead in-depth specialty and boutique wine tastings with behind-the-scenes insights and knowledge.  Seminars will be followed by a walkabout and grand tasting through the beautiful pedestrian paths of Alys Beach, featuring more than 150 wines with food pairings from Acre, Bud and Alley’s, Caliza Restaurant, and Seagar’s.

At nightfall, the day’s festivities finish with more wine and dancing at Central Park.  With music by Cadillac Willy, this party will be the perfect ending to a day of refined indulging.  Guests may purchase a stand alone ticket for Saturday’s events for $200 per person.

A weekend festival would not be complete without Sunday brunch.  Available only to weekend ticket holders, Sunday’s “Pork and Pinot” event is yet another opportunity to sample delicious plates from Café Thirty-A paired with selected Pinots, as well as a Bloody Mary bar.   Brunch is followed by a croquet tournament on Kelly Green overlooking the Gulf where guests will revel in stunning coastal views, a leisurely sporting event, and more libations, all while raising money for Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

“The support of community leaders like Alys Beach helps us to continue to provide access to medical, dental, vision and mental health  services for children, while raising awareness about the need for adequate healthcare for uninsured and underinsured kids from low-income families,” says Zach Billingsley, CVHN Executive Director.  “We are so pleased to partner once again with Alys Beach for what is sure to be the best 30A Wine Festival yet.”

For more information about the 3rd Annual 30A Wine Festival and tickets, please visit www.30awinefestival.com.

About Alys Beach
One of the most beautiful coastal towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s panhandle, along what The New York Times said “may be the best beach in the continental U.S.” The resort town’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, Alys Beach will be include 900 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops and other resort amenities. Alys Beach is the first Fortified…for Safer Living® community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard. For home sales or vacation rental information, please call 866-481-8387 or visit www.alysbeach.com.

About Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN)
Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc., HEALTHY HAPPY KIDS, is a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2005 in response to Walton and Okaloosa County’s large population of low income families who are unable to access high quality health services due to the unavailability (or inadequacy) of insurance. CVHN seeks to enhance the lives of uninsured and underinsured school-aged children by facilitating free, immediate access to medical, dental, vision and mental health services by utilizing a network of over 95 local physicians, dentists and healthcare providers. CVHN also operates the ‘Just for Grins’ Mobile Dental Clinic that visits local elementary schools and the CVHN Dental Clinic located in Santa Rosa Beach. Since inception, CVHN has facilitated more than 42,000 procedures for over 7,000 local children. The value of these services is over $3 million dollars which were provided free to families in need. For more information, call 850.622.3200 or visit cvhnkids.org.

 

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Digital Graffiti 2014 Visiting Artist Series: Artist Talk

Alys Beach and its groundbreaking event, Digital Graffiti (DG), has led the way for the past seven years in bringing art and culture to the South Walton community and Scenic Highway 30A by providing a venue and reason for digital artists to showcase their one-of-a-kind works. For the second year, four digital artists will converge at Alys Beach to participate in a five-day residency, working in the space where their art may be chosen for projection during the seventh annual Digital Graffiti Festival. The public will have the opportunity to interact with these artists during the residency and get a glimpse into their creative processes.

During the DG2014 Visiting Artist Series, previous DG finalists will reside under one roof and work with DG Curator Brett Phares to create site-specific work for inclusion in the 2014 Digital Graffiti Festival on June 6-7. The artists include Amber Bushnell of Missoula, Montana, Dmitry Kmelnitsky of Los Angeles, California, David Montgomery of Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Richard Kroehling of New York, New York.

“Time for a refresh of what we know works at DG while delivering on new ways to see the intersection of art, technology, and architecture. Our visiting artist series opens up the conversation of what makes great projected art, where it’s going, what it looks like,” says Brett Phares, Digital Graffiti Curator. “For 2014, we want more site-responsive work at Alys Beach, more color, more verve, and this year’s group of visiting artists will help us get there.”

The workshop series is complimentary and open to the public on Friday, January 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Alys Beach Community Center on 60 McGee Drive. During this two-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity for discussion with the artists in residence as well as a question-and-answer session. For additional information, please email events@alysbeach.com.

ABOUT DIGITAL GRAFFITI
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first outdoor projection art festival and is in its seventh year with artists using the latest technologies to create original works that are projected across the town’s iconic white walls. Visit www.digitalgraffiti.com for more information.

ABOUT ALYS BEACH
One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s panhandle along what The New York Times said “may be the best beach in the continental U.S.” The resort town’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, Alys Beach will be home to 900 villas and courtyard homes as well as restaurants, parks, shops, and other resort amenities. Alys Beach is the first Fortified…for Safer Living® community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard. For home sales or vacation rental information, please call 866-481-8387 or visit www.alysbeach.com

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Caliza Goes Pink 2013

CALIZA GOES PINK AND JOINS THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Special event and five course dinner to benefit Sacred Heart and Susan G. Komen Foundation 

ALYS BEACH, FL.–Sept. 24, 2013–In an effort to support the fight against breast cancer, Alys Beach and Chef de Cuisine Kevin Korman will host Caliza Goes Pink, Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at Caliza Restaurant. The special evening will feature a unique menu that includes cancer-fighting ingredients.

The intimate poolside event will incorporate pink decor in recognition of national breast cancer awareness month. Alys Beach is honored to have our very own, Chef Kevin Korman, share the impact that breast cancer has had on his life. His mother is a survivor and will be in the crowd as well. “My mother is a survivor and I have a vested interest in making this event a huge success,” shared Chef Korman.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research,” said Chef Korman. “Breast cancer affects thousands of women each year, and it is very rewarding to come together with the community to raise money toward fighting the disease.”

One Hope Winery will be donating three cases of Chardonnay to the diner and 50% of any bottles sold of the One Hope Chardonnay (made by Robert Mondavi) go straight to breast cancer research. Last year’s event raised more than $7500 and the organizers hope to exceed that figure this year. All proceeds will be donated to Sacred Heart Cancer Center Emerald Coast Services and Susan G Komen Foundation (Maryland affiliate).

Tickets are still available for the special Caliza Goes Pink evening for $200/person. To learn more or purchase tickets, call 850-213-5700.

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ABOUT ALYS BEACH
One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s panhandle. The resort town’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, Alys Beach will be home to 900 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops and other resort amenities. Alys Beach is the first Fortified…for Safer Living® community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard. For home sales or vacation rental information, call 866-481-8387 or visit www.alysbeach.com.

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Digital Graffiti Calls for Artists Submissions


Artists from around the globe to compete for $10,000 in prizes

Alys Beach, FL– (January 29, 2013) Alys Beach, in conjunction with Visit South Walton, invites artists from around the globe to submit original digital artwork for the Sixth Annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach, a one of a kind juried venue for projected art. Artists will compete for $10,000 in prize money, awarded in five categories. All work selected for the 2013 festival will be eligible for the awards, to be held on June 7—8. Visit www.digitalgraffiti.com to enter by April 22.

“For me Digital Graffiti has become a mainstay of the experimental film scene in the Southeast, a place to screen time-based work that often has a more challenging visual or narrative aspect, My award has gone toward travel to the Taranaki region of New Zealand to attend SCANZ 2013: 3rd Nature, an event that focuses on hybrid practices at the intersection of art, science, culture, technology and indigenous knowledge, as an artist in residence,” says David Montgomery “Florida Homegrown” winner from DG 2012.

For the first year, to bring artists to see their work in the festival, DG2013 will provide five finalists who submit by April 1st, a $500 travel stipend with confirmation of attendance (details to follow with final selections).

During the festival, Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to groundbreaking international artists who literally transform the entire resort town into a living work of art. The annual festival allows digital artists to explore how their fluid forms intersect with technology and wrap the architecture of Alys Beachto create entirely new art forms.  

Ticket Information:

Digital Graffiti tickets will be available beginning March 1 at digitalgraffiti.com and at Fonville Press in Alys Beach while quantities last.  Adult tickets are $50 for Friday night and includes an official t-shirt; $100 for Saturday night which includes an official Digital Graffiti t-shirt and Tervis tumbler. Children’s tickets (12 and under) may be purchased at $20 for Friday night only, and include a tee shirt. Please note that this event will sell out so it is strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets.

 ABOUT DIGITAL GRAFFITI

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first outdoor projection art festival in its sixth year, with artists using the latest technologies to create original works that are then projected across the town’s iconic white walls.  Visit www.digitalgraffiti.com for more information.

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Digital Graffiti Visiting Artist Series

Alys Beach, FL– (January 16, 2013) Alys Beach and its groundbreaking event Digital Graffiti has led the way for the past six years in bringing art and culture to the South Walton community and Scenic Highway 30A by providing a venue and reason for digital artists to showcase their one of a kind works.  Now continuing to pave the way for digital art, Alys Beach will bring yet another event series to the community, where previous Digital Graffiti artists will convene January 23-27 at Alys Beach for the first workshop series of its kind.  The public will have the opportunity to interact with these artists and get a glimpse into their creative process.

 During the Digital Graffiti Visiting Artist Series, past participants and winners from Digital Graffiti will reside under one roof and work with DG Curator Brett Phares to create a collaborative work of art in addition to individual pieces which may be included in the 2013 Digital Graffiti Festival on June 7-8.

“We are excited to set in motion a visiting artist series right here in the South Walton community,” says Brett Phares, Digital Graffiti Curator. “We’re bringing artists to Alys Beach to get to know the lay of the land, create some site-specific work, and raise the bar for the festival in June.” InFocus, a DG partner, will provide a variety of projectors for the artists to use throughout the series.

The workshop series is complimentary and open to the public on Saturday, January 26th from 4-6pm at the Alys Beach Community Center on 60 McGee Drive. During this two-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity for discussion with the artists in residence, and a question and answer session. For additional information, please email events@alysbeach.com.

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30A Songwriters Festival

Visit South Walton presents the Fourth Annual 30A Songwriters Festival, Jan. 18-20

Warm up this January with heartfelt vocals, beautiful melodies and story-telling at the 30A Songwriters Festival, Jan. 18-20, 2013. Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the three-day event features astounding musical performances complemented by South Walton’s spectacular beaches, shopping and cuisine.  Growing as one of the premier songwriters festivals in the country, the event features more than 125 musicians and more than 200 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters.  Caliza Restaurant & Pool will again serve as a popular outdoor venue. Last year, Caliza hosted moving  performances  by artists, including Shawn Mullins, Joan Osborne, John Oates, Daphne Willis, Jim Lauderdale, Donnie Sundal, Pete Sallis, and Chas Sanford, among others.

The 30A Songwriters Festival attracts artists of many different genres. With styles ranging from folk and country to rock and jazz, the 2013 event will include a mix a past favorites as well as artists who are joining the event for the first time. The lineup for 2013 includes Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jeffrey Steele, Nanci Griffith, Suzanne Vega, Fastball, Tift Merritt, Allison Moorer, Charlie Mars, Eliza Gilkyson, Freedy Johnston, Randall Bramblett, The Shadowboxers, Joe Leathers, Gretchen Peters, Brigitte DeMeyer and Tommy Womack among many others.

After attending the festival, Evan Schlansky of American Songwriter magazine wrote, “If you love great songwriting, there’s really no better vacation than the 30A Songwriters Festival… It’s the perfect destination for lyric lovers, acoustic guitar fetishists, and those who enjoy music with a deeper meaning. It’s also a great place to make friends with your fellow audience members and, if you’re lucky, the songwriters in attendance.”

Music lovers and fans of Alys Beach may take advantage of the Alys Beach 30A Songwriters Festival special offer. Stay in one of Alys Beach’s courtyard homes for two nights or more and receive weekend passes to the festival. Stay between Jan. 17-21  in two bedroom or larger rental and Alys Beach will provide two festival passes per room.

Presented by VISIT South Walton, 30A Songwriters Festival benefits the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, a local arts agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. For more information on the 2013 festival, visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com.

 

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Caliza Goes Pink

CALIZA GOES PINK RAISES $7,500 IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Funds raised benefit Sacred Heart and Susan G. Komen Foundation

ALYS BEACH, Fla.–Oct. 25, 2012–In an effort to support the fight against breast cancer and  to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research , Alys Beach and Executive Chef Kevin Korman hosted Caliza Goes Pink earlier this month at Caliza Pool & Restaurant in Alys Beach.  Proceeds generated from the special evening were nearly $7500, which will be donated to the Sacred Heart Cancer Center Emerald Coast Services and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

 “This year was an amazing success,” said Caliza Restaurant Executive Chef Kevin Korman. “We surpassed our fundraising goal and the event far exceeded my expectations. The team’s execution of the event was remarkable. The ambiance that was created by the lighting and dĂ©cor was nothing short of stunning.”

Event organizers hoped the event would be educational as well. Chef Korman created a menu that showcased the importance of incorporating cancer fighting foods into a healthy diet. While special guest speaker, Lisa Burwell, VIE co-owner and breast cancer survivor, shared heartfelt stories of her experience with the disease and strides that are being made to find a cure.

 “I think that all of the little details that were planned, such as the ‘one in eight pink napkins’ and the importance of eating cancer fighting foods, hit the mark to make an impact of the seriousness of the disease while still keeping the event light hearted and enjoyable,” added Chef Korman. “Overall I couldn’t be happier with the results and I hope that word will spread so that next year the event will be at the top of everyone’s list.”

The second annual Caliza Goes Pink nearly doubled the $4,000 goal, which was raised in 2011. Proceeds will be divided among the Sacred Heart Cancer Center Emerald Coast Services and Susan G Komen Foundation (Maryland affiliate).

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‘Noche de los Muertos’ Halloween Party – October 27, 2012!

“DJ G-Funk” will headline this year’s Noche de los Muertos–or “Night of the Dead”–adult costume party and dance at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach. 

An event known for amazing costumes and awesome music will also feature a $1000 cash prize for Best Costume.  Noche de los Muertos costume party will be held at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach, rain or shine, from 8 p.m. until 11:30pm on Saturday, October 27, 2012.  Bars accepting cash and credit will be available and costumes are required. The party is for guests ages 21 and older. Party tickets can be purchased for $45 online at www.nochedelosmuertos.com through midnight of Friday, October 26 or at Fonville Press in Alys Beach through 3pm on Friday, October 26.  After that, tickets are only available at the door for $55 each.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

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Caliza Fights Against Breast Cancer

Special event and five course dinner to benefit Sacred Heart and Susan G. Komen Foundation

ALYS BEACH, Fla.–Sept. 27, 2012–In an effort to support the fight against breast cancer, Alys Beach and Executive Chef Kevin Korman will host Caliza Goes Pink, Oct. 10. The special evening will feature a delectable five course menu that incorporates cancer-fighting ingredients.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research,” said Caliza Restaurant Executive Chef Kevin Korman. “Breast cancer affects thousands of women each year, and it is very rewarding to come together with the community to raise money toward fighting the disease.”

The intimate poolside event will incorporate pink decor in recognition of national breast cancer awareness month. In keeping with the theme, Alys Beach is honored to have a very special guest speaker, Lisa Burwell, VIE co-owner and breast cancer survivor. Burwell will share her inspirational story and share some of the exciting strides the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation is making in finding a cure.
Chef Kevin Korman, the visionary for the event, has created a spectacular five course menu. From black tea-smoked squab to Sous Vide Halibut, each thoughtfully selected dish infuses cancer-fighting foods.

“Over the years I’ve done a lot of research on cancer-fighting ingredients such as beets, chard, radishes, spinach, tea, mushrooms, kale, cauliflower, and flax seed to name a few. I’ve worked to infuse these items as a cornerstone and add in unexpected elements,” shared Chef Korman. “My mother is a survivor and I have a vested interest in making this event a huge success.”

Last year’s event raised more than $4,000 and the organizers hope to exceed that figure this year. All proceeds will be donated to Sacred Heart Cancer Center Emerald Coast Services and Susan G Komen Foundation (Maryland affiliate).

Tickets are still available for the special Caliza Goes Pink evening for $200/person. To learn more or purchase tickets, call 850-213-5700.

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