United Way Emerald Coast is excited to announce the first virtual singing competition to come to the Emerald Coast. Rock United will celebrate and recognize the great musical talent in Okaloosa and Walton Counties while helping our community grow stronger through the efforts of United Way Emerald Coast. The...

Before and After

By Lisa Cyr In June, it was time to refinish my bathroom vanity cabinet. After gathering supplies and watching a variety of YouTube tutorials about chalk painting, I began to transform the dark outdated cabinet into a new look. It took weeks as I deliberated over each brush stroke and...
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is pleased to announce a new 2020 Concerts in the Village lineup. With the safety and well-being of guests, artists, and staff as a top priority, MKAF asks that concertgoers adhere to the following social distancing measures. • Groups must be ten people or...
The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Académie will hold auditions for 3rd graders entering the 2020-2021 academic year on June 27 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only and must be made by June 24 at 5 p.m. No prior dance training or academic achievement level is required...

Aspire 4 Music

By Lisa Cyr The deer ate all of my green bean plants yesterday, then began to eat the roses in my front yard. My piano student noticed him outside my piano room window. We watched for a moment. A beautiful young animal hungry for food. I hope he doesn’t eat...

Look Ahead

By Lisa Cyr Here I am again, on the back porch enjoying my hedge of clumping bamboo. The ongoing joke for the last three years has been, “I’m watching the bamboo forest grow today.” It started out with a vision to create a unique privacy hedge. The plants were small...

Musical Distancing

By Lisa Cyr Here I am social distancing on my back porch. A light breeze gently shaking the leaves, while puffy white clouds float beneath a blue sky. School is out and I can hear children playing in the streets, hopefully social distancing themselves from each other. Our outdoor cat,...
Amy Delivorias moved to the Santa Rosa Beach area in 2009 along with her husband Bradley and their four children. Originally from Macon Mississippi, Amy’s love for music began at a very young age with the release of the classic musical film, “Grease.” She began performing vocals at age...
Calling All Music Lovers to Support Young Aspiring Musicians “Most everyone enjoys listening to music. Whether that be in the car, on our cell phones, at the local restaurant, at home, outdoor events, with friends, and yes, even while shopping. Music sets the mood and instantly changes the atmosphere. Behind...
By Lisa Cyr When congratulating our youngest son, Luke, on his 26th birthday, I mentioned to him a song entitled “Clair de Lune” (moonlight) by Claude Debussy which he performed on piano at around age 12. I recall him performing it beautifully. His response was: “I remember I took up learning...

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