Around Town January 2020


Who doesn’t love chocolate? For 17 years, the United Methodist Women have hosted a successful Chocolat’ Fare the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. This year, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church. Of course, there will tons of chocolates such as cakes, pies, cookies, desserts, truffles, etc. along with coffee and tea for sale. Beautiful silver jewelry and cookbooks will also be for sale. Funds raised help sponsor children both locally and internationally, and single moms and their children.

Learn the basics of a variety of computing concepts with “Computer Bytes” Tech Talks at the Destin Library. These “byte”-sized, 30-minute presntations occur each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in January and are free with no registration required.
• January 8: Library Ebooks
• January 15: Technology Vocabulary
• January 22: Navigating Your Desktop
• January 29: File Storage
Call the Destin Library at 850-837-8572 or email Megan Fontaine at for questions.

The Blake at Miramar Beach’s Sales Office recently celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. This Legendary Living Community will be located at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. The community will feature 123 apartments for assisted living and memory care. Along with luxury accommodations, The Blake will provide elegant dining, concierge service, 24-hour nurse staffing, and an active social program. Other amenities include a full-service bar and lounge, a coffee and ice cream shop, salon and spa, on-site therapy services, a chapel, a theater room, activity rooms, landscaped courtyards with an outdoor fire pavilion, fountains and raised gardens, library, fitness center, transportation and on-site parking. For more information, call (850) 860-1077.

Need Some Solid Business Advice? On Thursdays, a representative from the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UWF hosts “Shop Talk” Thursday in the Destin Chamber office from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. There is no charge for this service and no appointments are necessary. Also, check out these SBDC workshops happening at the Destin Chamber in January:
• Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. – Starting a Business
• Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. – Sources of Funding

A Destin Snowbird? Welcome to the social club with a focus on fun-filled activities for the winter season. Destin Snowbirds meet weekly at the Roost, located in the Destin Community Center at 101 Stahlman Ave. (behind McGuire’s). Meetings are held Tuesday mornings with entertainment and door prizes donated by local sponsors. In addition, there are many activities and events to enjoy. The first Nine & Wine & Whine will be Sat., Jan. 11, with a 2:30 p.m. shotgun start at Shalimar Pointe. Anyone interested in playing can email The first Singles Friendship Club luncheon will take place at Millers Ale House following Tuesday’s 11:00 a.m. snowbird meeting. Important reminder: Please register on Mondays. Unlike past years, there will be NO Tuesday morning registrations.

As this is a non-profit club, activities are reasonably priced at cost and local area vendors offer special Snowbird prices. For a calendar and more information, visit

Join Destin historian, author and speaker, H. C. “Hank” Klein, as he offers several presentations about the history of our local area:

Friday, Jan.17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Park & Cultural Center of FWB, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE, Fort Walton Beach.
Title: The Early Days of WEST FLORIDA
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Coastal Library of Walton County, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach.
Title: The OLD East Pass and the Destin Lighthouse Keepers
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Destin Library, 150 Sibert Avenue, Destin.
Title: The Early Days of WEST FLORIDA
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., The Resurrection Snowbird Group, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 259 Miramar Beach Dr, Miramar Beach.

It’s almost time for the Destin History & Fishing Museum’s Annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction Fundraiser. The event will take place Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Destin Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Area restaurants and individuals compete for the title of the best gumbo in the panhandle. The event will include live music and a silent auction. Attendees will vote for People’s Choice. A panel of judges will also judge the Individual and Restaurant categories. In addition to taste-testing the area’s finest gumbo, you will have the opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction.

Come sample all the area’s finest gumbo and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. For more information, to enter your gumbo in the contest, donate an item for the silent auction or come to enjoy the event, contact the Museum at 850-837-6611 or email The Museum appreciates your support in its goal of preserving the heritage of “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.”