“Leave sunscreen fingerprints on your manuscript pages. Analyze the telling detail with sand in your ears. The story ‘actually starts’ on page three? Nope. The story actually starts on 30A.” – Snowden Wright, author of American Pop and Play Pretty Blues

The time has come to spill the beans on one of 30A’s best-kept secrets. And to all you creative writers out there – aspiring or otherwise – this one’s for you. 

Since 2013, the Longleaf Writers Conference (formerly Seaside Writers Conference) has been the ultimate creative gateway to the Gulf Coast, bringing together nationally recognized and award-winning authors, emerging talent, and book lovers of all kinds.

Established “by writers for writers,” the conference takes place every year in the…

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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, the area’s premier immersive art event, will be held as “A Drive-Thru Experience” for 2021, in accordance with the CDC’s guidelines for social safety.

Presented by The Alys Foundation, the event is scheduled to take place May 12-15, 2021, with the May 15 event date is reserved for Alys Beach homeowners and festival sponsors.

Tickets for standard vehicles will be $80.
Vehicles with 8 or more passengers will be $150.
Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Each ticket will be issued with a designated time slot. Time slots will start at 8PM, will be limited to 20 cars per time slot, and will be blocked in 20-minute intervals. Tickets must be pre-purchased and will not be sold onsite. Ticket time slots and limited…

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Last week’s Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows sales have dropped by 3.7% compared to the month before. This is the second consecutive month that sales have slumped. Some see this as evidence that the red-hot real estate market may be cooling. However, there could also be a simple explanation as to why existing home sales have slowed – there aren’t enough homes to buy. There are currently 410,000 fewer single-family homes available for sale than there were at this time last year.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, explains in the report:

"The sales for March would have been measurably higher, had there been more inventory. Days-on-market are swift, multiple offers are prevalent, and buyer…

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Is Home Price Appreciation Accelerating Again? | MyKCM

At the beginning of the year, industry forecasts called for home price appreciation to slow to about half of the double-digit increase we saw last year. The thinking was that inventory would increase from record-low levels and put an end to the bidding wars that have driven home prices up over the past twelve months. However, that increase in inventory has yet to materialize. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that there are currently 410,000 fewer single-family homes available for sale than there were at this time last year.

This has forced those who made appreciation forecasts this past January to amend those projections. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the National Association of Realtors, and Zelman…

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16TH ANNUAL DESTIN CHARITY WINE AUCTION | APRIL 23-25, 2021

2021 Schedule of Events:

Patron Dinners- Friday, April 23 | 6 PM CST

Live Auction Broadcast - Saturday, April 24 | 4 PM CST

Silent Auction - Friday, April 23 at 9 AM CST- Sunday, April 25 at 12 PM CST

This year, we will be hosting two watch parties in conjunction with the live auction broadcast for those comfortable gathering in large groups. Doors to each watch party will open at 3 PM CST and include a one hour reserve tasting reception with a selection of our paticipating vintners before the live auction programming begins promptly at 4 PM CST. Watch party attendance is assigned based upon your patrpon dinner selection and is designated as follows:

  • The Henderson Beach…

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ART MONTH SOUTH WALTON

Art Month South Walton is an initiative of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County with the purpose to bring communities, organizations and businesses together to present quality arts and entertainment to the community. Spanning the month of May, Art Month will feature visual, performing, and literary arts programming in diverse formats and in various venues throughout South Walton.

2021 Art Month South Walton features events and programs presented in locations throughout Walton County, including the South Walton Street Art Festival, an online Art & More Auction benefiting the CAA, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, Arts Night in DeFuniak Springs, Music on Main, performances by the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, and…

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The 34th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will take place April 15-18, 2021. The Sandestin Wine Festival has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, and is known as the Best event in the Visit South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival area. The Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Emerald Coast and has affectionately been called the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals” because of its popularity and grandeur.

The main events, know as our Grand Wine Tastings, showcase more than 500+ domestic and international wines over a two day span. Guests can enjoy the opportunity to talk to vineyard owners and wine makers about their favorite appellations, or maybe try something new. During the…

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11th Annual Pompano Tournament | March 28 – April 30, 2021`

This year's tournament features Calcuttas for Redfish & Whiting and a new Shoreline Slam Calcutta for Pompano, Redfish & Whiting.

The leaderboard is the heartbeat of the Pompano Tournament and is updated with each lead change. You can register online to participate anytime throughout the tournament, or stop by the Bait Shack to register.

Fish can be weighed-in during daily weigh-ins from 8am - 8pm. Anglers are allowed to weigh-in one pompano per day and only one fish per angler will be on the leaderboard. All fish will be weighed as “whole fish weight” and to the thousandth of a pound.

All participants will have their pictures taken with their fish, and we’ll share them on the…

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