Arts and Entertainment

  • PALAVER TREE THEATER: Stage for opportunity

    Arts Correspondent

    Scene in Wakulla, a pop up event being held July 27-29, will be three days of celebration of art within Wakulla.
    The main goal of the event is to debut Palaver Tree Theater, a group which prides itself at breaking the barrier of entry into acting. The founders seek to spark thought and positivity through their performance theater. The group is refreshing in its acceptance of everyone with various beliefs and talents.

  • Young photographer has focus

    ARTS Writer

    It was a Saturday night at the “Wet n’ Wrap” party that attracted a crowd to Bayleaf market. Although it is unusual for the store to open in the evening, this was for a special occasion. The food and hospitality wasn’t the main selling point that night – local artists came to sell their creative works, share their talents, and connect with other like-minded creatives.

  • Local artist heats up art scene


  • From the Heart: A feel-good studio


    It was hidden in plain sight, right there in front of me. I found it in the heart of Wakulla County in the town of Sopchoppy. The gem of a recording studio, From The Heart Recording Studio, is a hidden treasure. Looks can be deceiving, as the older medium sized home, containing the studio has extensive history with talented artists who seek recording services. I was pleasantly surprised when I had a conversation with the couple who run the recording studio, Rick Ott and Nelle McCall.    

  • Film shoot held at Wakulla location

    In February, Wakulla County caught the eye of a Florida State University (FSU) film student as the perfect location for filming his F3 short film (the third student film in a student’s curriculum).
    Nathan Cohen, an undergraduate student of FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts, scouted areas in Wakulla County to film his magical realism romance movie titled “Fate for Distant Observers”

  • Tally Shorts Film Festival


    The Tally Shorts Film Festival is an opportunity to promote awareness in North Florida of independent movies that don’t have the stamp of approval from Hollywood.
    This year’s festival was held in late January at the Challenger Learning Center in downtown Tallahassee.

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    From natural and understated to grand and dramatic, inspiration for Mickie Cooksey’s designs flourish with every new aesthetic challenge.
    The Shell Point resident has enjoyed word-of-mouth success as one of Wakulla’s premier floral designers and stylists.
    Cooksey was a court reporter in the Jacksonville area for 24 years. A car accident broke her hand – a career-changing injury.

  • Edmond Ray Revell paints to please himself

    Special to The News

    Retired Navy man and  Sopchoppy native Edmond Ray Revell, has seen a lot in his  lifetime and has lots of stories to tell about all of his experiences.
    “I have done paintings since 70 years ago,” he says. “In 1945 I used to draw a lot of ships and airplanes.”
    Revell’s wide range of painting topics cover everything from birds to fish factories, Indians and sea captains, Coke machines and children playing, and soldiers and cowboys.  

  • Video by musicians DJ Butch and Jeff Shields garners more than 10,000 hits on YouTube

    Special to The News

    Longtime friends who started as Wakulla schoolmates, Corey Benedict, musically known as DJ Butch, and Jeff Shields are gaining popularity every day and catching the attention of music producers with a song they produced, titled “Take Me Home.”
    The song, which has a country-rock-rap feel, is a paean to the closeknit Wakulla County community – and Sopchoppy in particular – and the strong bonds built among friends.

  • Rachel, a pine cone, and a U.S. government pager

    Before I retired as a Special Agent, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), in 1996, I received orders from the Resident Agency, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the Resident Agency, Yorktown, Va.
    It was there that my Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Scott Campbell, a native of Latrobe, Penn., got me interested in hunting in those pristine woodlands stretching from Yorktown to Charlottesville, Va. My hunting gear had been gathering dust for many years as I spent so much time moving from assignment to assignment.