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Posted on: December 13, 2018

Walton County Coastal Branch Library - Winter Programs

“Winter Community Programs”

Wednesdays 10:00 am

January 2nd - February 27th, 2019

Walton County Coastal Branch Library


Santa Rosa Beach, FL - Walton County Coastal Branch Library presents “Winter Community Programs” Wednesdays, Jan 2nd – Feb 27th 2019 at 10:00 am. Winter Community Programs are designed to have educational and entertaining value for our adult and families to learn about our community and neighbors. These programs are sponsored by Friends of Coastal Library. For more information please call Linda Thompson (850) 267-2809, Coastal Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. We are located behind the South Walton Government/Education Complex on HWY 331 South. Free for the public with limited seating. For more information please call Linda Thompson (850) 267-2809 or visit our Coastal Branch Library’s Calendar at

January 2, 2019

History of Walton County Sheriff’s Posse - Chick Huettel This presentation covers the early 1800’s up to today’s modern Posse history. It is a story of dedicated lawmen, coupled with violence and quick justice. The era of cattle rustling, lynching, thieves, killers and bootleggers comes to life in this slide presentation presented by members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Posse. This presentation contains some adult graphic material.

January 9, 2019

"The Story behind Handel's Messiah" -Maestro Dr. David

Dr. Ott will present a live musical presentation, “The Story behind Handel’s Messiah”. Dr. Ott is an internationally recognized American composer and conductor of classical music whose impressive works have been performed and recorded by some of the most notable orchestras in the United States and Europe. Ranking at the top of post-World War II born American composers, Dr. Ott’s works are among the most frequently performed of any American of the era. He has been cited as “one of the greats of American symphony music composers of the last quarter of the twentieth century.” Once nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music by renowned cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, he has composed a large portfolio of compositions in musical genres ranging from large-scale orchestra works to short overtures. His works have been performed by the National Symphony and by orchestras in over a dozen major American cities. Visit for more information about Dr. David Ott.

January 16, 2019

Music Director and Conductor; Sinfonia Gulf Coast- Demetrius Fuller 

Innovative and energetic conductor, Demetrius Fuller is garnering critical acclaim at home and abroad. A versatile conductor, Mr. Fuller has been chosen to work with some of the world’s most prestigious conductors and orchestras. Mr. Fuller is an award recipient from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, the Werner Foundation, and the International Music Foundation. He is entering his twelfth season as Music Director of Florida’s Sinfonia Gulf Coast, which he founded in 2006. He is an inventive and dynamic conductor who has gained critical acclaim at home and abroad. He has transformed the symphony experience for the Northwest Florida region offering uplifting and moving performances, while giving back to the community. Mr. Fuller will present a musical performance.

January 23, 2019

Walton County History with Stories and Songs - Historian Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer is the author of Wild, Wild, Walton and Down by the Riverside. He will be speaking on local Walton County history through stories and songs. The beautiful sugar-white beaches of the Florida Panhandle are the result of erosion of mountaintops in Georgia that were washed all the way down to the sea. Before making his home in Walton County, Florida, Ronnie was born in Georgia and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Today having “washed down” to the sea, he is the author of several books and publications, a local pastor, a musician, a playwright and a nationally syndicated columnist.

January 30, 2019

History Mystery - Miramar Beach Was Once Shoals, Florida- Hank C. Klein

Destin historian Hank Klein tells the story of a town that once existed where Miramar Beach, Florida is located today. The area that we know as Miramar Beach was once known as Shoals. Today nobody seems to remember Shoals, not even the history buffs. Learn about the long-lost cemetery, as well as who actually named the area we know today as Miramar Beach. Hank Klein has long been interested in the history of Destin, Florida. Hank also has a monthly “History Mystery” column in the Destin Log newspaper.

February 6, 2019 

Reading and Book Signing, “Poor Smart Rich, Moving from Poverty to Middle Class and beyond” – John Segal

This popular book describes Six Simple Goals for Young Americans which enable them to reach an exciting and successful life. Those who care for, mentor, and teach young people will want to know these principles and pass them on. You will learn how to talk to young people so that they will listen, how a “special order” of life allows advancement to the middle class and beyond, and how young people learn to take responsibility for their own lives. Segal, a lawyer and successful business owner who rose from poor surroundings, developed these goals while teaching Sunday school classes to middle and high school students for 19 years and while chairing the National Fatherhood Initiative for 18 years. A proven life changer for young people, this book has plenty of value for adult readers regarding life goals, strong faith and financial intelligence. This book will show you how to positively influence the young people in your life.

February 13, 2019 

Discover the “Silverlinings” in Your Everyday Life - Tolliny Rankins

Tolliny Rankins is a Certified Life Coach, Consultant and Adjunct Professor. She has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, owning and partnering in several successful businesses. She has her Th.B., & Th.M. in Christian Theology. In 2015 Tolliny completed & received her Th.D., in Christian Theology from International Miracle Institute in Pensacola, Florida. She is passionate about empowering others towards their destiny. Her talk will offer everyday tools that assist us to create a more fulfilling lifestyle. You will hear how to motivate yourself to bring out the best in you! By simply applying useful yet practical information along with a positive attitude, new life can be discovered. Learn how to make and take the time to discover the ‘Silverlingings” in your everyday life.

February 20, 2019 

Great Art Rescues - Helen Ballance 

Everyone knows the names of great artists, but how many of the names and stories do you know about the people who over the centuries have rescued great art? One may question then, who is more important, the artist or the collector? Is art and culture worth saving? Helen Balance works and lives in the Panama City Beach area. Her passion for painting led to the creation of the Beach Art Group and The Sunshine Arts Center, Panama City Beach with the mission of growing the arts and culture in our community. Her work is currently on display at The Palms Conference Center. Since Hurricane Michael, she has spearheaded Project Jumpstart Art, designed to collect funds for local artists and to create installation opportunities.

February 27, 2019 

A Musical Presentation, “Living the Dream” – Dr. Cheryl Jones and Company 

Since 1988, Cheryl Jones and a merry band of gentlemen have been making funky music together on the Emerald Coast, music that reflects her Detroit roots. Music lifts us. It soothes us, distracts us and keeps us company. Good times or bad, at peace or at play, there’s a soundtrack to our lives. And Cheryl Jones has made it her life’s mission to find or write the perfect song to suit every moment. “Music is a conduit for me,” Jones says. “It flows through me and takes a part of me with it. And I take a part of it with me.” Jones’ music has provided a soundtrack for people along the Emerald Coast since 1988, when, at the urging of a cousin who had already relocated here, Cheryl and her husband, Denny, left their hometown of Detroit and put their roots down in the Florida sand. They formed their band, Jones and Company, the following year. “This community allows us to live the dream,” she says. “The sea breeze is really inspiring. People here are calm, accepting and ready to just go with the flow.” Jones and Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with the release of a new CD titled, “Raise the Roof.”

Program brochures will be available at the Coastal library and the schedule will be posted on the Walton County Coastal Branch Calendar at Winter Community Programs begin at 10:00 am on Wednesdays Jan 2rd and run through February 27th. Sponsored by Friends of Coastal Branch Library. Please consider joining our Friends Group to support your community library events and for purchase of new books. For more information please call Linda Thompson, Coastal library at (850) 267-2809.

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