CAA’s Annual Flutterby Festival Weekend Kicks Off with Monarch Art Trail Opening
by Jamie Conley
on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 at 12:37pm.
Northwest Florida is a part of the migratory pattern of the Monarch butterfly, and every fall tens of thousands of Monarchs can be seen enjoying an abundance of native wildflowers that thrive throughout Walton County. Since 1992, The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) has celebrated this yearly natural event with The Flutterby Festival, an annual children’s arts and science event.
As an addition to this year’s festivities, The CAA is proud to announce the opening of another Art in Public Spaces initiative - Monarch Art Trail (MAT). An outdoor sculpture project was created with support from The St. Joe Community Foundation. The official opening of the Monarch Art Trail takes place Friday, November 12th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and includes live music, food & beverages, and meet & greet opportunities with Monarch Art Trail artists.
The Monarch Art Trail will include eight original sculptures installed alongside South Watersound Parkway’s existing mile-long walking and bike path. Use of the area was made possible by The St. Joe Company. The MAT is an obvious north/south thoroughfare for cyclists, joggers, and walkers connecting from the neighborhoods of Watersound Origins to the Scenic Highway 30A bike path and beaches. Trail visitors can expect interactive experiences, opportunities for engaging social interaction, as well as occasions for self-reflection and awareness while viewing the incredible sculptures thoughtfully placed along the path.
Event festivities will continue Saturday, November 13th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm with a family scavenger hunt and other fun entertainment. The weekend will culminate at the Watersound Origins Village Commons on Sunday, November 14th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. with the beloved Flutterby Festival featuring art activities, live performances, art exhibits, and more.
The Flutterby Festival weekend events are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and some activities require a small fee. Parking for the MAT opening is located on the north end of the trail at the Magnet Innovation Center.
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