'Steel Magnolias' stage play to feature Gulf Breeze woman 

FORT WALTON BEACH — Stage Crafters Community Theatre, Inc., Fort Walton Beach’s nonprofit theatre, will present “Steel Magnolias," featuring Gulf Breeze's Jennifer King, in August.

The action is set in Truvy Jones' beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the wise-cracking Truvy dispenses hairstyles and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser Boudreaux, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee Belcher, and the local social leader, M’Lynn Eatenton, whose daughter, Shelby, the prettiest girl in town, is about to marry a “good ole boy.”

The play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky and diabetic Shelby risks pregnancy knowing she may lose her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others but also draws on their underlying strength and love.

Melissa Wolf-Bates directs the play written by Robert Harling.

The cast includes Jennifer King (Gulf Breeze) playing Clairee Belcher.

Remaining performances are Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday.

Tickets cost $20 and are available at www.StageCraftersFWB.com, by phone at 243-1101, or at the door the night of the performance. Students pay $10 at the door.


Navarre Garden Club sets new-member tea 

NAVARRE — New and prospective Navarre Garden Club members can attend an Aug. 24 tea.

The event is set 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the home of Dale Powell, 8808 Sand Pine Road.

Attendees can learn about the club’s purpose and happenings.

Call 396-5494 or email president@navarregardenclub.org for details.


Vendors, artists and crafters sought for fair 

MILTON — St. Mary’s Episcopal Church seeks artists and crafters for its annual Winter Arts and Crafts Fair.

This event is set noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the historic church on 6849 Oak St., in Milton. The church seeks vendors to showcase their handiwork including custom jewelry, art, woodcrafts and candles.

Inside booth space is available for $45 for both days and includes one 6-foot table. Outside booths are $20 for one day and $35 for both. Set-up will be from 9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Space is limited. Use of electricity costs $5.

Contact the church at 623-2905 or stmarysmiltonflorida@gmail.com for a vendor application.