Do You Play the Guitar?

By Scott Gilmore Have you ever asked someone the question, “Do you play the guitar?” If they answered “yes” then there are always the inevitable follow up questions of: “What style do you play? What kind of guitar do you have? How long have you been playing?” The guitar is a...
The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program is the premier training orchestra in Northwest Florida and consists of more than 50 students who perform throughout the school year in one of two ensembles: The Sinfonietta Strings and the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. Conductor Aaron King Vaughn has officially announced their call for...
By Will Estell It’s a hot sunny Saturday in Montgomery Ala., and there in a dusty steel arena, kicked back in a folding chair, watching her three children and husband compete in various rodeo events, sits Casey Kearney. An unassuming 30-something who I was watching, just two weekends before, at...

Motivational Buttons

By Lisa Cyr It’s funny how “Mom” jeans have come back into style. I thought those days were gone, never to return. Those big bottomed, high waisted, baggy jeans caused ladies to look three sizes larger and accentuated our worst attributes. How did marketers motivate us women to not only...
By Will Estell If there’s one primary similarity that seems to exist between creative types and those drawn to the coastal lifestyle, it’s perhaps the immense freedom brought on by doing what you want and doing it where you want to be. Finding a way to do either is a...
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gathering supplies and watching a variety of YouTube tutorials about chalk painting, I began to transform the dark outdated cabinet into a new look.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...

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