By Lisa Cyr Every so often, I see a social media post about a quiz to discover one’s personality, IQ, best diet plan, makeup, hair color etc.… It’s fun learning about oneself. Usually, there is a profile name type and corresponding letter abbreviation. If there was a quiz you took...
Moss Entertainment and Cheyne Productions presents Gulf Fest 2021, taking place at Shoreline in Destin (the old Nightown location) on Saturday, July 31st 2021. This all-day music festival will feature over 10 local Emerald Coast artists. This first-time music festival will be setting the tone for Gulf Fest to become...

Meet the Maestro!

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO), housed at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, has a new conductor. After 18 months of meticulous searching, Todd Craven has been named NFSO Music Director and Conductor right in time for the orchestra’s 35th season. Craven hails from Flint, Mich., where he...
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 Lisa Cyr Last Saturday was our Studio 237 Music recital. Students prepare months in advance for their moment of performing on a stage for family and friends. We are proud of them and their performances. Each student puts forth great effort to walk up to the stage, present themselves,...
Emerald Coast Theatre Company is searing some sizzle into summer 2021 with a hot new live entertainment series. Summer Pop is a series of four different fun-filled entertainment events — ranging from alternative pop/rock, comedy, Broadway, Rat Pack-era tunes and even a little opera. The series will run on...
By Lisa Cyr This morning, I could hear the continuous sound of hammering. There is a house being built down the street. I somewhat liked the rhythmic sound of productivity and teamwork. Carpenters using their skills to create a home to bless others for many years to come. When the...
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...
By Lisa Cyr “I love violin because it is technically blissful. My mind is engaged, my heart is engaged. It is a total mind, body and spiritual experience.” Tara Bohlen began studying violin at age 8. Her desire and curiosity for music/violin has taken her on a life-long journey. In 2001,...
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...

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