“Ballet is so much more than ballet…it’s about life lessons.” ~ Rachel Prescott, studio6twenty5 By Lori Leath Smith Meet native Destin local, Rachel Prescott. She loves dance! And her passion is to relay that passion through dance instruction to others in our community. Raised in a performing-arts setting, Rachel received her early...
By Zandra Wolfgram They say music makes the world go ‘round. If that is true, then Todd Wilkinson is surely the man giving the globe a big ol’ spin. Wilkinson, a realtor and environmental consultant, is entering his third year as chairman of the eight-member concert committee for the Mattie Kelly...
By Whitney Lee Local singer-songwriter, Jessie Ritter officially released her newest single “The Sand And The Sea” on April 9, a song written days before the nationwide quarantine to inspire healing and hope. The uplifting, beach vibe track was written with Grammy-winning writers Robin Rudy and Leslie Ellis. In the...
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is presenting its 22nd annual signature Gala. The “Bow Ties and Bling” themed Gala is at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 21, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Emceed by David Seering, guests will enjoy dinner and live entertainment...
Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, will be hosting its annual fundraiser Crescendo! A Cultural and Culinary extravaganza, rescheduled for April 30-May 2, 2021. Festivities began on Thursday, March 25 at 11 a.m., with a Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located at...
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, May 1, 2021, 2 – 6 p.m. “Savor the Sound,” a family friendly Saturday afternoon event at the Niceville Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) outdoor amphitheater will be held May 1 from 2 – 6 p.m. to benefit the Taylor Haugen Foundation. An annual fundraiser, the...
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicks-off the 2021 Spring Concerts in the Village series with a collaborative and creative event. Presented by MKAF and performed by Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the non-profit duo brings “The Music of Queen” with Conductor Brent Havens and Vocalist...
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, May 1, 2021, 2 – 6 p.m. Introducing “Savor The Sound,” a family friendly Saturday afternoon event at the Niceville NWFSC outdoor amphitheater supporting the Taylor Haugen Foundation. For this first annual fundraiser, they will be showcasing several home-grown, well known musicians headlining with the Allman...
By Will Estell It’s often said that our current members of Generation Z, colloquially known as “zoomers,” tend to be more indecisive, less driven and lack the focus that generations preceding them exhibited. While I’m one to really steer away from the use of such broad generalizations, I do understand...
Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased to announce the full line up for its annual fundraiser Crescendo! a cultural and culinary extravaganza. Festivities begin on Thursday, March 25 at 11 a.m., with a Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located at...

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