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30A Songwriters Festival Returns to Caliza this January!

Songwriters from across the country will gather on Florida’s Emerald Coast over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend (January 13 – 15, 2012) for the third annual 30-A Songwriters Festival, produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.
The event brings together talented songwriters and musicians from around the country to perform in unique venues amid a backdrop of brilliant white sand beaches, turquoise waters and stunning architecture. The three-day festival will feature more than 125 musicians and over 250 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters all along Highway 30-A.  Caliza Pool & Restaurant will be Alys Beach’s featured venue.
Headlining acts for 2012 include Indigo Girls, Rodney Crowell, The Bangles, Shawn Mullins, Sam Bush Band and Matthew Sweet. Make plans to stay and enjoy all the music with special festival packages offered through Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company!

See the talented line-up and get tickets now at 30Asongwritersfestival.com

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A Mermaid Emerges in Alys Beach

From his studio in Grayton Beach, artist and sculptor Steve Wagner smiles at the thought of his first public art installation in Arboleda Park at Alys Beach. At home, he sits back in his chair and envisions his mermaid safely nestled amid the crashing waves of yaupon holly in the new park located east of Caliza Pool and north off Nonesuch Way.
“I can just see her on a full moon night,” he said, “surrounded by yaupon holly shrubs that have been shaped to look like waves. I love that the experience will be environmental. It reflects her essence.”  The “her” that he is referring to is Alys Beach’s art installation, Leda the Mermaid. At almost 1,800 pounds, Leda will be hard to miss. The stone sculpture is an enlarged version of his original sculpture, which he crafted by hand at his studio in Grayton Beach.
It has been a bit of a process before Leda will find her home in Alys Beach. Originally, Town Founder Jason Comer had approached Steve to create a fountain, but when Steve showed Jason a sculpture he was working on, the idea for an outdoor installation began.
Always inspired by the works of Italian sculptor and painter Modigliani, and unhappy with a sculpture at his home, Steve decided to carve a new face with
stylized eyes from the stone. Scales were added to her hair to evoke a mermaid, and Leda was born. But Alys Beach, being on the forefront of design, didn’t need a small sculpture. Jason and town architects Erik and Marieanne Khoury-Vogt envisioned something more befitting the grand scale of the community. Leda needed to grow. And she needed to grow by four feet.
 To accomplish this, Steve worked with Digital Atelier to create a 3-D model of Leda and then had that model enlarged and carved out of a giant block of Styrofoam, coated with vinyl spackle, and then refined. This pattern version of Leda was used to craft a precise mold from which the sculpture was cast, which was placed into what Steve affectionately refers to as a giant steam oven. “She was steamed under pressure,” he said, “and came out at 7000 psi. She came out perfect.”
“Steve’s sculptures have always been compelling to us as abstracted figural pieces,” Erik explained. “They are obviously inspired by the work of Modigliani but with a more humanized, softer interpretation of the human face. The perfectly white finish of the piece matches our sand and is a wonderful (though by no means mandatory) complement to the architecture of Alys.
“In addition, we love how Steve has tied the piece to Alys Beach and the park by naming her Leda, a contraction of the park name, and referencing the presence of the Gulf by way of her scalloped mermaid’s hair and the shaping of the ‘wave’ yaupon hedge out of which she emerges.” Arboleda, which means “grove of trees” in Spanish, was inspired by the mixture of formal and informal plantings that comprise the park. Leda is coming this October!

Artist Steve Wagner ran a successful graphic design company in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to the beach. The beauty of 30A inspired him to

return to his fine arts roots. A series of landscapes, painted plein air, was recently featured in the Cultural Arts Association Design Showcase Home.

A collection of nudes is currently being shown at the World Six Gallery, and his sculptures are sold in galleries in St. Barts.

 

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Leda in Arboleda Park

From his studio in Grayton Beach artist and sculptor Steve Wagner smiles at the thought of his first public art installation in Alys Beach. He sits back in his chair, and envisions his mermaid at home, safely nestled amid the crashing waves of Yaupon holly in the new Arboleda Park.

“I can just see her on a full moon night,” he said, “Surrounded by Yaupon bushes that have been shaped to look like waves. I love that the experience will be plant-like. It reflects her essence.”

 The “her” that he is referring to is Alys Beach’s public art installation, Leda the Mermaid. At almost 1,800 pounds, Leda will be hard to miss.The stone sculpture is an enlarged version of his original sculpture, which he crafted by hand at his studio in Grayton Beach.

Artist Steve Wagner ran a successful graphic design company in Atlanta, GA. before moving to the beach. The beauty of 30A inspired him to return to his fine arts roots. A series of landscapes, painted plein air, was recently featured in the Cultural Arts Association Design Showcase Home. A collection of nudes is currently being shown at the World Six Gallery and his sculpture is sold in galleries in St. Barts.

Stay tuned as we update you on the artistic process and placement of Leda in Alys Beach.

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Caliza Restaurant Announces Happy Hour!

Please join us in the bar/lounge at Caliza from 5:30-6:30pm for Happy Hour, featuring half price beer, $6 wines by the glass, and half off appetizers and small plates.

Caliza Restaurant is currently open Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30-9:30pm.  Please call 850-213-5517 for reservations.

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Digital Graffiti returns to Alys Beach on June 11

On Saturday, June 11, the coastal community  of Alys Beach will lend its iconic white walls to be the screen on which works of digital art will be projected for the fourth-annual Digital Graffiti Festival.

Digital artists from across the globe will gather for one night to showcase their talents on various sites around Alys Beach and congregate at the Caliza Poolside party afterwards.

Prior to the event, guests are encouraged to gather at the Quality Imports BMW Red Carpet and Social Photo Station at Fonville Press from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wine, beer, tapas, and champagne will be available for purchase.

Once darkness falls, the town will be set aglow as artists compete for over $10,000 worth of combined prize money. Works will be judged in five categories including Best of Show, Judge’s Choice, Most Innovative/Experimental Submission, Best Local Submission, and Best Animated Submission.

Following the displays, the Caliza Pool in Alys beach will be the site of the after-party. World-class DJs, DJ Metro and DJ Speed will duel. Sketch projection artist, Shantell Martin, and digital light painter, Mateo M, will illuminate the after party while the DJs battle back and forth – all while their works of digital art are projected onto the pool and its surrounding walls.

One wall will feature an interactive exhibit to let festival patrons try their hand at making their own digital graffiti, complete with “digital” spray paint and tools.

Food and drink kiosks will be set up throughout the event.

Get Tickets!

Digital Graffiti tickets are still available online while quantities last at www.digitalgraffiti.com.

Adult tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Children’s tickets (12 and under) may be purchased for $5 in advance or $10 the day of the event.

For more information, please email Kelli Arnold at events@alysbeach.com, call  (toll-free) 1-866-481-8390 or visit www.digitalgraffiti.com

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Sinfonia- POPS at Alys Beach – Memorial Day Weekend!

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (April 28, 2011) –The Alys Foundation is proud to welcome back Sinfonia Gulf Coast for a concert under the palms in the Amphitheatre on Sunday evening, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Singer Robert Shaw and The Lonely Street Band will join the orchestra with their “Celebrating Elvis” show which takes you on a musical journey highlighting the songs of one of the world’s musical legends.

Round up the family and enjoy your favorite patriotic melodies, movie soundtracks, light classics and the music of Elvis in a free community performance featuring Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra. The concert ends with a bang with a fireworks finale.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Sinfonia to Alys Beach and look forward to another wonderful musical experience for our community,” said Kelli Arnold, Events Coordinator for Alys Beach.

Food vendors and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Patrons are encouraged to bring low back chairs for comfortable seating.

For more information on the concert, email events@alysbeach.com. For more Sinfonia information, please call (850) 269-7129, or visit online at www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org Sinfonia Gulf Coast
your symphony experience redefined.

ABOUT SINFONIA GULF COAST

Sinfonia Gulf Coast was founded in 2005 on Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast with the mission of redefining the symphony experience. Under the guidance of Music Director and Founder Demetrius Fuller, 34, and a dedicated board of directors, the nonprofit orchestra has offered five seasons of innovative musical programming, designed to entertain, educate and inspire the Emerald Coast community. Notable guest artists have included Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, Grammy Award-winner Roberta Flack, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, the Sao Paulo String Quartet, Manhattan Piano Trio, Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding, and iconic big band Pink Martini. Since it’s founding, Sinfonia Gulf Coast has presented more than 150 concerts and events, has collaborated with numerous nonprofits and businesses throughout the community and has reached more than 25,000 children through its Sinfonia Guest Artists in the Schools program and music education outreach initiatives. For more information on Sinfonia Gulf Coast, please visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org, call (850) 269-7229 or e-mail info@sinfoniagulfcoast.org.

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 FortifiedÂź 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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Digital Graffiti calls for your entries!

Yet again, we’ve been amazed at the talent that has landed in our inbox for the 2011 Digital Graffiti Festival.  And, we’re hungry for more!

Digital works of art are being accepted for consideration for this year’s event through April 18.  Finalists’ works will be projected throughout Alys Beach on the cool white exterior walls of the town on June 11.  Free to enter, send your works to events@alysbeach.com. Visit the official Call For Entries for additional information.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/digitalgraffitifestival

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So, You Think You Can Cook?

WHAT? 3rd Annual Cook-off competition featuring entries from local amateur and professional chefs. Three categories will be judged: starters, main dishes, desserts. Guests will taste all entries and vote for their favorites! One culinary grand prize, a runner up prize and a People’s Choice award for each category will be given.

Dance to the tunes of favorite band Cadillac Willy!
Cash bar

Prizes include a GREEN EGG donated by Florida Bath and Surfaces and a 3-night stay in Rosemary Beach!

WHEN? Saturday, April 9th from 7-10pm (awards presented at 9pm)

WHERE? Alys Beach Amphitheater on 30A

WHY? Funds from this event help St. Rita Preschool maintain its ability to provide a superior educational program for children ages 2-5. The school offers children small classes, exceptional teachers, a computer lab, guided art projects, music, a highly regarded handwriting program and an educational curriculum unmatched in the area.

HOW? Purchase tickets online by clicking the link to the right. Bring your printed ticket or receipt on your smartphone to the event. You may also email stritacookoff@yahoo.com or call 687-0768. 

Reminders 
Must have ticket or receipt on smartphone for entrance.
No pets.
Cash bars.
Event scheduled rain or shine.
No refunds.

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Jason D. Williams to Spring Concert Series

Alys Beach Welcomes Jason D. Williams to Spring Concert Series

Alys Beach, FL – (March 15, 2011) – Presented by The Alys Foundation:  Please join Alys Beach for a Spring Concert Series featuring the unforgettable Jason D. Williams on April 6, and other outstanding local musicians.

Straight from Memphis, TN and the birthplace of Rock and Roll, Jason D. Williams is an unbelievable talent.  His Rockabilly style in the tradition of Jerry Lee Lewis will leave you not fully understanding or believing, but is not soon forgotten.  A wild man onstage, he has been compared to Jerry Lee Lewis so often that rumors started in Memphis that he was the Killer’s son.  The influence of Lewis comes through in his high-energy performances, Williams says, but his songs get him to a different place. As he says, “It’s Jerry Lee Lewis meets Jackson Pollock and Jerry Lee Lewis meets Joe Namath.” Traveling together for more than 23 years, touring the world over, this group has entertained & amazed crowds young and old, famous and infamous, and will be in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre on Wednesday, April 6 from 6-9pm.

In addition to Jason D. Williams, The Alys Foundation will host The Forrest Williams Band on March 16, Boukou Groove on March 23, Tennessee Firearms on April 13, and Bill Garrett & Friends on April 27 from 6-8pm in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre.  Concerts are free and open to the public.  For additional information, please visit www.alysbeach.com

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 LivingÂź 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 THE ALYS FOUNDATION

The Alys Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to support the long-term community values of Alys Beach. Funds can be used to finance community, environmental, cultural and educational programs at Alys Beach as well as to help other nonprofit organizations in the greater Walton County community.

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