Community events for the coming month in Washington and Holmes County.

Community events for the coming month in Washington and Holmes County. To have your event listed, email the information to Events are published weekly in the Washington County News and the Holmes County Times-Advertiser as space allows and are also published on our website.


Scarecrow Contest this weekend

CHIPLEY — Chipley Garden Club’s third annual Scarecrow Contest will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Chipley.

There will be three categories with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded for scarecrows, along with People’s Choice and Garden Club Special Awards.

The event is recognized by Viva Florida 500, the state celebration of the 500th anniversary of Florida.


Chipley High School Volleyball to Give Door to Relay For Life

CHIPLEY — On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Chipley High School Volleyball players will be hosting a Volleyball game with all proceeds from the do going to Relay For Life please stop in a support them if you can.


Playhouse presents ‘Daddy’s Dyin’’

CHIPLEY  — The Spanish trail Playhouse will be performing “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s got the Will,” on Oct. 18 – 20. The play will be held nightly at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets will go on sale on Oct 7 at the playhouse business office. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, military and students. For more information call 638-9113 or visit


2nd Annual Car Show and BANDtober Fest

WAUSAU — The Pride of Vernon Band will be holding their Second Annual Cared Show and BANDtober Fest at 8 a.m. on Oct. 19, at the Possum Palace in Wausau. There will be cars, food and hand crafted vendors and fun. Registration for cars is $15 until Oct. 15. For more information email


CHS Music Theater to perform “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe”

CHIPLEY — The Chipley High School Music Theatre Department will be performing Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 19 at the CHS auditorium. If you are looking for creepy and scary, Edgar Allan Poe does not disappoint, and neither will this stage performance.  Experience Poe’s works adapted for the stage, and did we mention that the theatre is haunted. For more information call 638-6100.


Moss – Tree Family Reunion

ESTO — The Moss and Moss Family – Tree Family will be holding a reunion on Oct 19 at William Clark Park in Esto. The reunion will begin around 9 a.m. for family members to visit. Please bring a food dish, desert and any pictures or genealogy if you can. For more information call 547-3518.


Bonifay Ride and Stride

BONIFAY — Bonifay Nursing and Rehab will be holding a Ride and Stride event on Oct. 19. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or fitness level.

Choose one event to participate in, ride your bike, run or walk. Registration is free. To pre register email fo an application or call Brannigan Keller at 547-9289.

On site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. BRNC will have a booth set up a Doc’s Market in Bonifay on the south side of Highway 90 for registration/rules. The route for the event begins at Doc’s Market and will trzvel east towards Chipley. Water will be provided. The bike ride will begin at 8:15 a.m. and be 14 miles. The run will begin at 8:25 a.m. and be a 5K.

The walk will begin at 8:35 a.m. and be a 5K. Therapists will be on-site awaiting any questions until 11 a.m. T-shirts are available for pre-order for $10 and will be available for pick up on day of event. They will also be available for purchase on day of event. XXL sizes will be an additional $2.


May-Russ Family Reunion

EBRO — the 39th Annual May-Russ Family Reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Ebro Community Center. The theme for the reunion will be Hawaiian Luau. For more information email Vicky Cox at


64th Annual Gainer Family Reunion

BAY COUNTY — The descendants of William and Jane Watts Gainer will be holding their 64th Annual Gainer Family Reunion Oct 20 at Gainer Springs, along Econfina Creek in Bay County. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with the program beginning at Noon, and a covered dish lunch being served at 12:30 p.m. Please bring a covered dish to share, fried fish and hushpuppies will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs. Please bring family heirlooms and pictures. For more information call Ellen Gainer Wright at 482-7685.


Powell Reunion

WESTVILLE — The annual Rance and Della Powell reunion will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, at Camp Ground Church. Mr. and Mrs. Powell were among the first families to settle in the Open Pond Community. They were honest hard working folks. Bring a well filled basket. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. For more information call Merle Motley at 956-2507 or Dorothy Gibson at 956-4571.


2014 Holmes/Washington County Relay For Life Kick-Off

CHIPLEY — The 2014 Holmes/Washington County Relay For Life Kick-Off will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Washington County Ag Center in Chipley. For more information please call Connie Smelcer at 703-9977.


Christmas Food and Toy Assistance

HOLMES/WASHINGTON COUNTIES — Applications for Christmas food and toy will be taken from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Oct. 22, at the Washington County Ag Center on Highway 90 in Chipley, for Washington County residence. Holmes County residence can submit applications from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Oct 23 at the Holmes County Ag Center located on Highway 90 in Bonifay. Food and toys will be distributed in Washington County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 13 in Holmes County.

To apply you must bring with you: a picture ID for applicant and all adults in house hold; birth certificate for all children 12 and under; proof that you have custody of any children, grandchildren and or any minors living with you; proof of your expenses and proof of income.

For more information call 547-4921.


Braswell-Howell reunion

GENEVA, Ala. — The annual Braswell-Howell family reunion will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Church of Christ, 602 W. Maple Avenue, Geneva, Ala. Bring a well-filled basket and any family photos to share with everyone. Lunch will be served at approximately 12 noon. For more information call Faye 334-684-9633.


Sunland Fall Festival

MARIANNA — The 35th Annual Sunland Fall Festival will be held Saturday Oct. 26, at the Sunland Environment Park.  Activities will begin with a parade at 9 a.m., and the day will conclude around 3p.m.  Sunland is located on Highway 71 north of Marianna.  In addition to the parade, the festival features a multitude of activities for all ages.  Numerous vendors are on hand with a variety of items for sale, including a wide variety of food vendors to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.  Entertainment also is provided throughout the day on multiple stages.  For general information concerning the Fall Festival or to reserve booths for crafts or food concessions please contact Karen Henrickson at 482-9373.  For parade information please contact Clint Cox at 482-9387.


Wanted Former CHS Homecoming Queens

CHIPLEY — The Former Chipley High School Homecoming Queen Reunion is slated for Nov. 8 in Chipley, where all of our favorite Homecoming Queens from the past will congregate and be honored for the first time in history.

There have been 63 CHS Homecoming Queens in the history of Chipley High School, and to date nearly all of them have been contacted. I have talked to many, emailed many, and can't wait to meet them face to face. Please make this happen for them.

Don't miss this opportunity to support the Queen(s). The funds raised will be used only for the Queens and the resources needed. But wait there’s more. If there are any unused funds following this event, they will be donated to the CHS Athletic Department. So spread the word, and give generously. There are two ways to give - 1) directly to Wells Fargo bank, or 2) mail a check call 904-402-1223 for information.

If you have any questions, or concerns, or would like a sponsorship form mailed to you, please call me. I would welcome the call.  Thank you in advance for your time and generosity.  Kim Harper- Chairman, Former CHS Homecoming Queen Reunion 904-402-1223.



Trunk or Treat

CHIPLEY — Trunk or Treat will be held in Chipley from 4 to 6 p.m., on Oct. 26, at Pals Park. Vendors will be able to set up on the Soccer Fields no later thank 3 p.m. for the safety of the children. For more information call Barbara James at 638-1347


Butch Leonard Classic

PANAMA CITY — The Washington and Bay County Sheriff’s Offices will be holding The Butch Leonard Classic Golf Tournament on Nov. 2, at Bay Dunes Golf Club. There will be at 8 a.m., shot gun start. For more information call Andrea Gainey at 638-6115.



BES Veterans’ Day Program

BONIFAY — The students and staff at Bonifay Elementary will hold their annual Veterans’ Day Program at 9 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 8. Students will be singing, reciting the Preamble and showing off their artwork in the poster contest. In addition, the winners of the essay writing contests will be reading their winning essays. The Holmes County High School Blue Pride will be performing a variety of marches and the HCHS JROTC has also been invited. Due to limited seating, the public is encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Join the BES family in this special salute to our veterans.


CHS Class of 1973

CHIPLEY — The Chipley High School graduates of 1973 will be celebrating their 40 year reunion on Nov. 8 and 9, during Chipley’s Homecoming Weekend. Graduates are encouraged to attend, visit, laugh, and share favorite memories. Feel free to bring pictures, music and other mementos which reflect the follies of youthful days. We are planning to ride in the parade, attend the football game and eat a Javier’s after the game. We are also planning on meeting at KC’s at 6 p.m., on Saturday night for dinner. For more information call 596-1047.



CHS Music Theater to perform For the Love of Music V

CHIPLEY — The Chipley High School Music and Theater Department will be performing For The Move of Music V- “A Night at the Movies” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 to 16. In the tradition of past For the Love of Music productions, “A Night at the Movies” will combine the music of the movies with some of our favorite excerpts. The theatre will be transformed into a cinema which will even include movie concessions, but at a reasonable price, of course. Come reminisce with us as we create live versions of some of the all-time favorites. For more information call 638-6100.



HCHS Drama students to perform ‘The Sound of Music’

BONIFAY — Holmes County High School Drama Department will present “The Sound of Music” on Tuesday Dec. 3, Saturday Dec. 7, Sunday Dec. 8, and Monday Dec. 9 at the HCHS Auditorium.  There will be a 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., show on Saturday and a 2:30 p.m., show on Sunday.

 “The Sound of Music” is set in pre-WWII Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry.

Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical.

The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.



CHS Vocal Music Department Christmas Concert

CHIPLEY — The Chipley High School Vocal Music Department will be holding their Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12. The Vocal Music Department will present a variety of Christmas selections performed by the Women’s Ensemble, Mixed Ensemble, and the Concert Choir.  As always, the program will be concluded with the Hallelujah Chorus performed by the Concert Choir along with CHS alumni. For more information call 638-6100.



CHS Music Theater to Perform ‘Grease’

CHIPLEY — The Chipley High School Music Theater will be performing their Spring Musical “Grease” at 7 p.m. on April 10 - 12. Everyone loves the high-energy, all American musical movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.  The stage musical is coming to Chipley.  Tickets will go like “greased lightnin’!” For more information call 638-6100.



HCHS Chorus to perform ‘Decades of Music’

BONIFAY — The Holmes County High School Chorus will present “Decades of Music” on Thursday, March 13, Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15 at the HCHS Auditorium.




HCHS Spring Musical planned

BONIFAY — The Holmes County High School Drama Department will present their spring musical on Thursday, May 8, Friday, May 9, Saturday, May 10, Monday, May 12, and Thursday May 15 at the HCHS Auditorium. The title of the spring musical will be announced at a later date.


2014 Relay For Life Event

CHIPLEY — The 2014 Holmes/Washington County Relay For Life will be held from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., on May 16 and 17, at the Pals-Park Soccer Field. For more information please call Connie Smelcer at 703-9977.