This past January was Seaside’s 35th Anniversary! It may be difficult to remember the days when County Road 30A wasn’t packed with summer homes. But there was a time, a few decades ago when it was just sand and beautiful water. Monica Market and Bud & Alley’s were in the middle of it all, and they are still here!
The idea of Seaside started in 1981 with the notion of reviving Northwest Florida’s building tradition, wood frame cottages, sleeping porches and lots of windows for cross ventilation. A sensible beach town that would have all the neccessities and pleasures of daily existence within walking distance of one’s residence.
Robert Davis, Seaside founder said, “we just wanted to create a place for people who want to share time and not just let time rush by.” Today downtown Seaside incorporates an array of delightful restaurants and interesting shops. Now there are more than 480 homes, many of which are available for rent.
Whether it is for a weekend, a week, or a lifetime, Seaside must be savored long enough to let time slow down and allow cares to float away on the beautiful blue-green water.
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This June 4-6, Alys Beach will be holding a spectacle of art and architecture not to be missed. Our very own 30A is pushing the envelope on what “art” can mean, and we are excited to be a part of this community that is so supportive of a new artistic culture.
‘Alys Beach becomes their blank canvas,’ said Kelli Siler, Alys Beach Director of Events.’Digital Graffiti explores how design, technology and architecture can intertwine to create entirely new art forms. For one evening, Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards and pedestrian paths to innovative companies and ground-breaking artists who fuse these three components to transform our entire town into a living work of art.’
Thursday, June 4, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Curator’s Tour – Narrated by artist and curator Brett Phares, the tour is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the artwork for DG2015 and some of the unique moments made possible by this year’s list of finalists from all over the world.
Friday, June 5, 8:30pm-11pm, Gallery Stroll – Friday evening includes activities and a meet-and-greet gallery stroll featuring some of digital artist finalists, who will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work on display. Featuring light bites and cash bars.
Saturday, June 6, 8:30pm-midnight, Festival – The excitement continues on Saturday with the live festival exhibit lighting up Alys Beach beginning at 8:30 p.m. and ending with the must-not-miss poolside party of the season at Caliza Pool, featuring music, light bites and cash bars.
This month, Seaside is really stepping up their game when it comes to the more sophisticated art forms. It starts out with Harpeth Rising at the REP in Seaside on May 1st at 7:30 ($25/ticket), “Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep – from their varied ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home, they weave together ancient and modern ideas, creating a sound that is both familiar and impossible to categorize” (lovetherep.com).
Then, on May 2nd at 6:30, come back to the town center to see the world famous Joffrey Ballet Concert Group perform at Seaside Amphitheater for FREE! The show will last for an hour and a half, exhibiting classical dance styles, as well as jazz and contemporary styles.
On May 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, come back down for the Seaside’s Jazz on the Lawn series. This event is also free and is sure to be a way to enjoy jazz music whether you’re a newbie or a jazz veteran.
Always remember, if you’re looking for a luxury home on 30A, LP30A can help you find the perfect fit.
If you’re in town and wanting a taste of art and culture, 30A has no shortage of art galleries. Artistsof30a.com even has this super useful map along 30A so you can plan your own day of gallery-hopping. Among the great artists of 30A are Bett Appel, Peggy Jones, and Susan Lucas. Also, Andy Saczynski was recently voted as 30A’s favorite artist. Luckily, 30A is an area where, if you walk around long enough, you will find great art calling to you. From Rosemary Beach all the way to Dune Allen, you will happen upon some great artwork, with a considerable density of the art scene in the Seaside/Seagrove/Watersound section of the coast. If you have a sharp eye, you will be sure to sea some of these artists’ work in local restaurants and shops as well. If you’re ever looking to buy or sell some art in the form of luxury properties on 30A, make sure to give LP30A a call.