The 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run became town tours of sorts leading runners down roadways, pathways and nature trails on a sunny late summer morning throughout the beautiful community of Alys Beach in South Walton.
After the races, racers relaxed at a post-race awards party featuring Grayton Beer, Vivo Spa Salon, Piper’s and 30A Pop Stop including a raffle and music by Shane from Rock the House. Little racers cooled off in the Fountain and chilled on the grass in the Amphitheater. Many returned later in the evening to enjoy a live concert and fireworks display.
This year’s race was held in honor of Jon Starkey, who is the son of an Alys Beach homeowner, who has autism. Starkey, 40, designed the artwork showcased on the official race t-shirts.
This event was made possible for The Alys Foundation with generous support from all our sponsors; including, EBSCO Industries, Inc., Comer Companies, LLC, the Starkey Family, the Frist Family and Galvas Construction, Inc.
“It is such a privilege and an honor to be a part of something special where so many people are pulling together for a common cause. A very deep thank you to everyone who made it possible,” said Jason L. Comer, Director of The Alys Foundation.
2014 Race Results & Winners Overall 5K Run Results
Overall Male: David Seymour
Overall Female: Amy Stoyles
Overall Male 21 & Over: Ben Boyle
Overall Female 21 & Over: Lindsey Smith
Overall Male 20 & Under: Trace Walters
Overall Female 20 & Under: Teeghan Schuessler
Overall 1 Miler Run Results
Overall Male: Jay Wright
Overall Female: Kendall Camp
Overall Male 5 & Under: Brandon Morgalls
Overall Female 5 & Under: Decker Stedman
Overall Male 6-9: Andrew Walsh
Overall Female 6-9: Ella Spence
Overall Male 10-12: Tyler Walsh
Overall Female 10-12: Darla Ellison
The 3rd Annual 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run returns to the beautiful resort town of Alys Beach August 31, 2014.Â Located along HWY 30A, the course winds through the streets of Alys Beach and into the Nature Trail.Â The event also features an oversized obstacle course for kids of all ages and will end with music from Shane from Rock the House, food, beverages, and the award ceremony in the Amphitheatre.Â The price to participate in the certified 5K is $35 and the 1 Mile Fun Run is $15 (kids 12 and younger only, please).Â Event proceeds will benefit the Autism Society.
ABOUT THE AUTISM SOCIETY
The Autism Society is the nationâ€™s leading grassroots autism organization.Â The organization helps to improve the lives of all affected by Autism by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum.Â The Autism Society also spends time advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.
ABOUT ALYS FOUNDATION
The Alys Foundation was established to provide funding for the purpose of sustaining the long-term community values of Alys Beach. The funds from The Alys Foundation are used to enhance the experiences of our families and to preserve and enhance the quality of life of our community http://directmedicationsonline.com/cipro_generic.html members. Our primary focus is the town of Alys Beach, but we will also focus our initiatives in the Walton County community at large.
The Alys Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to support the long-term community values of the town. 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.
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 LivingÂ® 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 alysbeach.com
The worldâ€™s first outdoor projection art festival expands to three nights June 5â€“7, 2014
Alys Beach, Fla.â€”(March 17, 2014) Tickets for the Seventh Annual Digital Graffiti Festival, Alys Beachâ€™s signature annual event, to be held June 5â€“7, 2014 will be placed on sale on Monday, March 24, 2014.
During what has become a weekend extravaganza event, the community of Alys Beach located on Scenic Highway 30A on the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, opens its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to groundbreaking digital artists from around the globe. At this innovative, one-of-a-kind live art exhibit, the iconic white walls of Alys Beach are transformed into â€śblank canvasâ€ť screens onto which various forms of newly created digital art is projected.
For 2014, the worldâ€™s first outdoor projection art festival has expanded adding a new offering on Thursday night â€” an exclusive behind-the-scenes, informative tour lead by DG 2014 Curator Brett Phares beginning at 8 p.m. Friday evening includes activities and a meet-and-greet gallery stroll featuring some of digital artist finalists, who will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work on display. The excitement continues on Saturday with the live festival exhibit lighting up Alys Beach beginning at 8:30 p.m. and ending with the must-not-miss poolside party of the season at Caliza Pool, featuring music and video mixing by DJs and VJs, light bites and cash bars.
All access weekend passes are available for $200 per person and includes admission to the event on all three days, an official Digital Graffiti event t-shirt and Tervis tumbler. Tickets for Friday night are $50 per person for adults and $20 for children (12 and under). Tickets for Saturday are $75 (for adults and children). VIP patron tickets are $100 and include an official Digital Graffiti t-shirt and a refillable Tervis tumbler. Proceeds to benefit The Alys Foundation, which supports select local charities.
Tickets are limited; pre-purchased tickets are highly encouraged. Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning March 24, 2014 at digitalgraffiti.com and in person at the Alys Beach Bike Shop, The Alys Shoppe and Fonville Press in Alys Beach. Digital Graffiti will be presented rain or shine.
Come for the festival and enjoy all South Walton has to offer all along Scenic Highway 30A. Luxurious multi-bedroom homes are available for vacation rental in Alys Beach. For details and rates visit alysbeach.com or call toll-free to 1(866) 732-9276.
Staging Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach gives artists a large-scale canvas to explore the intersections of art and architecture, while creating entirely new art forms. Once darkness falls on the weekend, the town will be set aglow as artists compete forÂ $10,000 in cash prizes. A panel of judges will select five award winners including Best of Show; Best in Florida; Curatorâ€™s Choice; and three Honorable Mentions.
In just a few short years Digital Graffiti has become irrevocably linked to Alys Beach. â€śWatching our beautiful, stark, white washed walls and roofs become completely transformed by the colorful and evocative swirling pieces of digital art is truly an inspiring experience, says town architect Marieanne Khoury-Vogt. â€śThe projected vivid images that mold and melt against the backdrop of our sculptural architecture are fascinating to observe.â€ť
For more information on the event, contact Kelli Siler at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (toll-free) at 1 (866) 481-8390 or visitdigitalgraffiti.com.
For real estate home sales or vacation rental information, call (866) 481-8387 or visit alysbeach.com.
EDITORâ€™S NOTE: High res images are available in the Media Room Gallery.
Photo credit: Courtesy Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach
ABOUT DIGITAL GRAFFITI
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the worldâ€™s first outdoor projection art festival. This innovative, one-of-a-kind dynamic event celebrates the many possibilities found at the intersection of art and architecture. During the three-night event, dozens of digital artist finalists from around the globe are invited to showcase their original work and vie for cash prize awards in a juried art competition. Utilizing the latest technologies, the finalistsâ€™ art is projected throughout the town on its iconic white walls. For more information, visit digitalgraffiti.com.
ABOUT ALYS BEACH
One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located in Northwest Florida on Scenic Highway 30A, 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. Alys Beach was founded in 2004. When complete, it will be home to 900 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops and other resort lifestyle amenities. Alys Beach is the first Fortified…for Safer LivingÂ® community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard. For more information, visit alysbeach.com.
The 3rd Annual 30A Wine Festival, a showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary favorites, returns to Alys Beach, March 7-9, 2014. Â Â This newly expanded three-day event features a Friday night gathering, â€śBourbon, Beer, & Butts,â€ť Saturday wine tasting seminars, a walkabout and grand tasting, a band party at nightfall, and Sundayâ€™s exclusive event, â€śPork and Pinot,â€ť 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 Childrenâ€™s Volunteer Health Network.
With something for everyone, the celebration begins on Friday night with â€śBourbon, Beer, & Butts,â€ť featuring music by GRAMMY award-winning musician, Sam Bush, and local favorites, Boukou Groove, and Dread Clampitt.Â Guests will enjoy barbeque by Barefoot BBQ and Charlieâ€™s Donut Truck, beer from Grayton Beer Company, Oyster City Brewing Company and Sweetwater Brewing Company, and swanky bourbon selections from Four Roses, Juniorâ€™s Midnight Moon, Wathenâ€™s Kentucky Bourbon, and other spirit distillers.Â Â 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.Â Join vintners from Broadbent Selections, Domaine Serene, and Mario Perelli-Minetti for tasting sessions with flair. Â Â 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.Â 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 Alleyâ€™s, Caliza Restaurant, and Seagarâ€™s.
At nightfall, the dayâ€™s festivities finish with more wine and dancing at Central Park.Â With music by Cadillac Willy, this party will be the perfect ending to a day of refined indulging.Â Guests may purchase a stand alone ticket for Saturdayâ€™s events for $200 per person.
â€śThe support of community leaders like Alys Beach helps us to continue to provide access to medical, dental, vision and mental healthÂ services for children, while raising awareness about the need for adequate healthcare for uninsured and underinsured kids from low-income families,â€ť says Zach Billingsley, CVHN Executive Director.Â â€śWe are so pleased to partner once again with Alys Beach for what is sure to be the best 30A Wine Festival yet.â€ť
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 LivingÂ® 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 visitÂ www.alysbeach.com.
About Childrenâ€™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 theÂ ‘Just for Grins’ Mobile Dental ClinicÂ that visits local elementary schools and theÂ 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 visitÂ cvhnkids.org.
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.
â€śTime 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 itâ€™s going, what it looks like,â€ť says Brett Phares, Digital Graffiti Curator. â€śFor 2014, we want more site-responsive work at Alys Beach, more color, more verve, and this yearâ€™s group of visiting artists will help us get there.â€ť
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 email@example.com.
ABOUT DIGITAL GRAFFITI Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the worldâ€™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 townâ€™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 LivingÂ® 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
CALIZA GOES PINK AND JOINS THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Special event and five course dinner to benefit Sacred Heart and Susan G. Komen FoundationÂ
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.
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 LivingÂ® 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.
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 7â€”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 ofÂ art, science, culture, technology and indigenous knowledge, as an artist in residence,”Â says David Montgomery â€śFlorida Homegrownâ€ť 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. Â
Digital Graffiti tickets will be available beginning March 1 at digitalgraffiti.com and at Fonville Press in Alys Beach while quantities last.Â 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. Childrenâ€™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.
Â ABOUT DIGITAL GRAFFITI
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the worldâ€™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 townâ€™s iconic white walls.Â Visit www.digitalgraffiti.com for more information.
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.Â 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. Â The public will have the opportunity to interact with these artists and get a glimpse into their creative process.
Â 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 workÂ of art in addition to individual pieces which may be included in the 2013 Digital Graffiti Festival on June 7-8.
â€śWe are excited to set in motionÂ a visiting artist series right here in the South Walton community,â€ť says Brett Phares, Digital Graffiti Curator. â€śWe’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 theÂ festival in June.â€ť 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Â Growing as one of the premier songwriters festivals in the country, the event features more than 125 musicians and more than 200 performances invenues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters.Â Caliza Restaurant & Pool will again serve as a popular outdoor venue. Last year, Caliza hosted movingÂ performances Â 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, thereâ€™s really no better vacation than the 30A Songwriters Festival… Itâ€™s the perfect destination for lyric lovers, acoustic guitar fetishists, and those who enjoy music with a deeper meaning. Itâ€™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 Â 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.