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Witches of South Walton 2016 Witch Ride Announced to Benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network

on Monday, 17 October 2016. Posted in Festival



Witches of South Walton 2016 Witch Ride Announced to Benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network

Santa Rosa Beach, FL – The Witches of South Walton, an organization dedicated to supporting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) is hosting The 13th Annual Witch Ride on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 6:30am. Ticket cost is $30 and includes a charity bike ride from Gulf Place to Stinky’s Fish Camp complete with a Gathering Brunch at La Playa. Tickets can be purchased online at www.witchride.com. This event would not be possible without the help of local residents and businesses. A special thanks to sponsors that include Modus Photography, Classic Luxury Real Estate, Pizza by the Sea, YOLO and The Merchants at Gulf Place.


More information on the event can be found at www.WitchesOfSouthWalton.com or on Facebook www.Facebook.com/WitchesOfSouthWalton

2016 Witches Ride Flyer


Thursday, October 27th

WITCHES BREW  | La Playa at Gulf Place

Pre-registered packet pickup and in-person registration at La Playa in Gulf Place from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Drink specials will be offered for all participants and Forrest Williams Band will play live. Raffle tickets will be sold only at Witches Brew to win a Custom Designed Witch Hat. Must be present to win at 8:00pm.

Saturday October 29th

HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE PARTY  | Trebeaché at Red Fish Village

Trebeaché and Grayton Beach Catering are hosting the Halloween Masquerade Party with 10% of the ticket sales being donated to CVHN in the name of the Witches of South Walton. The event will feature music by Randall Bramblett Band, The Steenos with Franko Washboard Jackson. There is also a costume contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $50.00 or at the door for $60.00.

Monday October 31st

WAKE UP WITCHES  | The Green at Gulf Place

We are happy to report that New Channel 7, Paris Janos will be reporting LIVE at Gulf Place. The morning show broadcast will air the same morning from 5:00am to 7:00am. All witches are encouraged get up early to be seen on T.V.

13th ANNUAL WITCH RIDE  | The Green at Gulf Place

Information and final announcements will be given at 6:30am. At this time all Witches must be with their bike prepared to ride. The charity bike ride starts at 7:00am sharp where all Witches will promptly leave Gulf Place as a group.  

RESTING STOP  | Stinky’s Fish Camp and Bait Shack

The Witches ride to Stinky’s Fish Camp and Bait Shack to line up on 30A and greet spectators. Stinky’s will provide FREE water and $3.00Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and a special Witches Brew.

GATHERING BRUNCH  | La Playa at Gulf Place

The Witches ride back to Gulf Place at 8:30am to enjoy the Gathering Brunch, contests, and raffle ticket drawings on the patio at La Playa. The Gathering Brunch includes a selection of pastries, fruit, bacon and eggs accompanied with Mimosas (limited to 3) and a cash bar. $50.00 prizes will be given to the Witch with the “Best Decorated Bike”, “Best Witch Costume” and “Best Witch Cackle”. Raffle items graciously donated by local businesses.


Witches of South Walton will have online registration and payment. This will help streamline the check-in process. The online registration can be completed at www.WitchRide.com.

We may have a couple of other surprises under our hats as well. Be sure to like the “Witches of South Walton” on Facebook to get the most up to date information.



Last year was remarkable; we had nearly 240 Witches participating in the event and raised over $6,200 for Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

Many Thanks

Our Founders:

Carol Stafford

Le Thompson

The Coven:

Erin Chekaoui                                        

Stephen Brinker

Matthew Jones           

About Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc.: Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. HEALTHY HAPPY KIDS, is a faith-based 501(c) 3 organization established in 2005 to enhance the lives of uninsured and underinsured school-aged children by facilitating free, immediate access to medical, dental and mental health care. For more information please visit www.cvhnkids.org.

About The Witches of South Walton: The Witches of South Walton is a group of women founded by Carol Stafford and Lee Thompson dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network with their annual ride, brunch and raffle. For more information on where to glimpse the witches in their glory or to join this bewitching group, please visit www.witchesofsouthwalton.com.

2017 Perfect in South Walton Awards - VOTING NOW OPEN

on Tuesday, 02 August 2016.

by Visit South Walton

Perfect in South Walton

Voting is NOW OPEN for Visit South Walton's 2017 Perfect in South Walton Awards. Gulf Place is honored to have a number of its merchants nominated. You can vote once a day through August 31st for your favorite businesses, restaurants, events and more. Please take a moment to VOTE

Merchant News & Events

on Tuesday, 26 July 2016. Posted in Festival


A place where 30A locals meet and visitors feel right at home. A place that puts the FUN in funky. Serving up hot coffee and cold ice cream. Where you can have a buttoned up business meeting while wearing flip flops. A place like no other, in a place like no other. Welcome to Sunrise Coffee Co., 30A’s favorite lil coffee shop!


The Gulf PlaceSunday Summer Concert Series, sponsored by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, takes place every Sunday through August 14. We have an amazing lineup of local and regional artists! Don't miss The Okaloosa Sound THIS Sunday, July 31. Performances are appropriate for attendees of all ages. Concerts are from 5-8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert on the amphitheater lawn.

Wine Walkabout

The Merchants at Gulf Place are excited to host the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce's August Business After Hours on August 18! The Chamber Business After Hours will be held in conjunction with our monthly Third Thursday Wine Walkabout. Check in with the Artists at Gulf Place to receive your complimentary glass, sponsored by Classic Luxury Real Estate LLC., and your walkabout map. Visit each participating merchant to be entered for a chance to win giveaways at the end of the night!


The Emerald Coast's favorite Beer Festival has a NEW HOME in Gulf Place! Formerly known as the Destin Beer Festival, the 30A Craft Beer and Spirits Festival will be held during Emerald Coast Beer Week on September 30 - October 1! 100% of proceeds benefitting the Seaside School Foundation. The 2-day festival will feature high-end craft and microbrews to sample, culinary stations, live entertainment and more. Some of the biggest names in the craft brewing industry will be exhibited at this event. Tickets available HERE

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