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** For a full listing of events countywide, please visit the Franklin County Tourist Development Council's website HERE 


AUGUST 2013


ANERR logoOrganisms of the Oyster Reef - Thursday, August 1st, 2013 3:00pm-4:00pm - Come learn about the fascinating critters that call an oyster reef their home. Apalachicola Estuary Education & Training Center, located just across the SGI Bridge in Eastpoint at 108 Island Drive. 850-670-7700 http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/apalachicola/default.htm


turtle with shellsPresentation about Sea Turtles - Wednesdays in August from 2-3pm - August 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 2013 - Franklin County's Oldest Visitors, by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) and the St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers. At ANERR, 108 Island Drive (just across the St. George Island bridge in Eastpoint). www.facebook.com/StGeorgeIslandVolunteerTurtlers



kingfish shootout10th Annual Kingfish Shootout - August 3rd & 4th, 2013 - Captain's Meeting at C-Quarters Marina the night of August 2nd. The Shootout will be for kingfish only. The guaranteed payout will be $16,500 with 10 places. You can win $5,000 for the biggest kingfish. The boat registration will remain $250 per boat. With continuing thoughts of Lisa Crowder Jackson, we are excited about the potential positive impact this event is going to have not only for the charity, the Leukemia Research Foundation, but the City of Carrabelle and Franklin County as a whole. Thank you to all our previous sponsors and fishermen. We hope to see you the first weekend in August with the catch of a lifetime, winning the $5,000. C-Quarters Marina, 501 Hwy 98, Carrabelle, 850-697-8400. www.c-quartersmarina.com/shootout



ANERR logoPanhandle Wildflowers - Thursday, August 8th, 2013 3:00pm-4:00pm - Come learn to distinguish some local wildflowers: A short slide presentation followed by a short (Weather Permitting) wildflower walk. Apalachicola Estuary Education & Training Center, located just across the SGI Bridge in Eastpoint at 108 Island Drive. 850-670-7700      http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/apalachicola/default.htm

Sizzler Logo 2013Saturday, August 10th, 2013. The 16th Annual St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run. On-site registration begins at 3:00pm, the one mile fun run begins at 5:30pm and the 5K begins at 6:00pm. A Tate's Hell Track Club production & A Gulf Winds Track Club Grand Prix event in 2013. Benefits the Franklin County Humane Society. Post race party and awards at SGI Lighthouse Park at 6:30pm. Call 850-509-2191, or e-mail info@StGeorgeIslandSizzler.com For more info & pre-registration information visit www.stgeorgeislandsizzler.com




Water Street ICE FESTWater Street Festival of Ice! - Saturday August 10th & Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Join the fun at the Water Street Festival of Ice on Saturday, August 10 and 17 in Historic Apalachicola as the town salutes Dr. John Gorrie, the inventor of the ice machine. This year's event coincides with the town's Second Saturday event and will feature a history lecture at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum, ice carving, ice cream and snow cones at the Gorrie Museum. For more info & a schedule of events visit: www.historicapalachicola.com



Elli MorrisCooling the South -Lecture by author & photographer Elli Morris - Saturday, August 10th, 2013 - Head to the Apalachicola Maritime Museum on Saturday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. for a lecture all about ice!  The block ice era may have passed, but author and photographer Elli Morris brings it back to life in her award-winning book Cooling the South, an affectionate look at the manufactured ice business that helped shape the American South. Cooling the South gives tribute to how block ice changed commercial fishing and its ensuing economic impact. After all, where would shrimp and oyster eating be without ice?!  Elli Morris is a professional photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Her commercial business focuses on products and portraits while her personal projects range from history books to river videos.  Admission to the lecture is free. Join us after the lecture for a shrimp boil on the docks for $12.  This event is part of Historic Apalachicola Main Street's Festival of Ice (www.historicapalachicola.com). For more information, contact the Museum, located at 103 Water Street in Apalachicola, 850-653-2500. www.ammfl.org



Tuesdays. Summer Bingo at the fire station (324 E. Pine Ave.) at 7:00pm. 25 cents a card.  Everyone welcome.



 

Thursdays @ 6:00 at Sometimes Its Hotter, 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr. Circle of Friends. Come party with the locals, business owners, and island guests. Free appetizers. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks available. Live entertainment. Young adults, children, and dogs on leashes are also welcome.




Special summer programs at the Franklin County Public Library, 29 Island Drive in Eastpoint. Teenager (ages 12 - 17) reading program on Thursdays from 2 - 4:00. Toddler (through age 4) hour from 3:30 - 4:30 on Fridays. Book Chat on the 1st Monday of each month at 1:30. 850-670-8151.



Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. On the evening of the full moon in August. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org


Lighthouse DayA Saturday in early August. National Lighthouse Day commemorates the passage of an act of Congress on August 7, 1789 to establish and support lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers. Come celebrate by climbing the Cape St. George Light between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m.






SEPTEMBER  2013

Rock by the Tee 2013Rock by the Tee - September 5th - 7th, 2013  Golf  Tournament and & Rock Charity Event.  Golf Tournament at the St. James Bay Golf Course, Saturday, Sept. 7th at 9:00am. $125 per golfer or $500 per foursome. Prizes for 1st-3rd place. $10,000 hole-in-one prize.  Music each night at Harry A's on St. George Island.  Benefits Camp  Sunshine, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor  Foundation. St. James Bay Golf Course: 850-697-9606.  Harry A's:  850-927-3400. www.rockbythesea.org




Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. Thursday, September 19th, 2013 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. On the evening of the full moon in September. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org

Coastal Cleanup 2013Franklin County Costal Cleanup - Saturday, September 21st from 8:30 to 11:30am - Volunteers should wear/bring: Sunscreen, Bugspray, Protective Clothing (hats, long pants, long-sleeved shirts). Work/Closed Toe Water Shoes. Volunteers will be provided: Trash bags, Gloves, Data Cards, Snacks, Drinking Water, T-Shirts. Sponsored by Franklin County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling and Franklin County Parks & Recreation, Apalachicola Riverkeeper and International Coastal Cleanup For a list of cleanup locations and where to meet, click HERE



Estuaries Day no yearFriday, September 27th, 2013Estuaries  Day from 1:30 - 6:00 at the National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108  Island Drive in Eastpoint.  Free t-shirt to the first 600 visitors, fun  games/learning activities for kids, rain barrrel demonstrations every hour, door  prize drawing for adults at 5:30.  An adult must accompany children.   Enter at 108 Island Drive for parking.  Sponsored by the Friends of the  Reserve. www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/apalachicola/default.htm





Thursdays @ 6:00 at Sometimes Its Hotter, 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr. Circle of Friends. Come party with the locals,  business owners, and island guests.  Free appetizers.  Wine, beer, and  non-alcoholic drinks available.  Live entertainment.  Young adults,  children, and dogs on leashes are welcome.



 OCTOBER 2013



Thursdays @ 6:00 at Sometimes Its Hotter, 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  Circle of Friends. Come party with the locals, business owners, and island guests.  Free appetizers.  Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks available.  Live entertainment.  Young adults, children, and dogs on leashes are welcome.



MarathonThe Running for the Bay Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 20th, 2013.  It begins in Apalachicola before  heading over the beautiful Apalachicola Bay to Eastpoint and then crossing the  bridge to St. George Island.  The run, which begins at 7:15 AM,   includes full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K (all with wheelchair  divisions) and Walk-a-Thon.  St. George Island is the half-way point of the  full marathon.  For more information visit: www.RunningForTheBay.com



Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. Friday, October 18th, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. On the evening of the full moon in October. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org


Apalach Film Festival no year1st Annual Apalachicola Riverfront Film Festival - Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. This one day event will take place at the Riverfront Park in the heart of downtown Apalachicola. Films include a variety of spectacular local, national, student & cultural independent films.  This quality driven festival presented in front of the Apalachicola River, creates one of the most unique film festival backgrounds imaginable. Gourmet local cuisine, fine wines & beverages will be available to enjoy as you are surrounded by elegant candlelight,  beautifully decorated linen covered tables & plenty of grassy seating areas for your own blankets & chairs. Come enjoy this new event created to bring superior entertainment to the region through a unique venue. For info: merrill.livingston@gmail.com 850-419-7445


 

The Civic Club's annual membership Pig Roast on the 3rd Thursday in October.  It happens at the picnic tables in Lighthouse Park.  The club is provides the pig, bbq sauce and buns.  Members are asked to bring a dish.  Guests considering membership next year are welcome to participate.


 

The St. George Island United Methodist Church's annual Yard Sale and Bar-b-que is held on a Saturday in late Oct., at 2001 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  8:00 - 3:00.  927 - 2088.


NOVEMBER 2013

 

 Thursdays @ 6:00 at Sometimes Its Hotter, 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  Circle of Friends. Come party with the locals, business owners, and island guests.  Free appetizers.  Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks available.  Live entertainment.  Everyone, including children and dogs on leashes are welcome.



Seafood Festival 50th50th Annual Florida Seafood Festival - November 1st & 2nd, 2013 - Battery Park, Apalachicola - This year's featured entertainment is American Idol alum & Dancing with the Stars champion Kellie Pickler. The Florida Seafood Festival is Florida's oldest maritime event. A two-day celebration of great fresh quality seafood that annually draws thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County.  The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola river under the shady oaks of Apalachicola's Battery Park. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events and musical entertainment.  Some of the notable events includes  Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, Blue Crab Races, Cooking Contest, a downtown Parade, 5k Redfish Run and the Blessing of the Fleet. For info: www.floridaseafoodfestival.com



Oyster RoastDowntown Oyster Roast - November 1st, 2013 - Downtown Apalachicola - Love oysters? Don't miss the 9th annual Downtown Oyster Roast on November 1st, 6:00 to 9:00 pm in  Apalachicola. This enchanting event, sponsored by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, will feature roasted oysters, oysters on the half shell, creamy artichoke, oyster and thyme soup, fresh local shrimp, blue crabs, salad greens and fantastic desserts.  Dine under the stars next to the Apalachicola River.  Local blues man Joe Hutchinson will provide live entertainment. For tickets call (850) 653-9419 or email info@apalachicolabay.org


Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. Sunday, November 17th, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:00pm. On the evening of the full moon in November. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org 


 

 Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 12:30 p.m. at St. George Island United Methodist Church, 201 E. Gulf Beach Drive.  Turkey & ham are provided, bring a covered dish.  Everyone is welcome.


 Thanksgiving Dinner at Eddy Teach's Raw Bar @ 4:00.  Bring a covered dish or desert if you can.  Sign-up sheet is at Eddy Teach's.  The band begins around 7:00.  Come and be thankful and enjoy friends and family.



Apalach XmasApalachicola Christmas Celebration - Friday, November 29th & Saturday, November 30th, 2013 - The weekend after Thanksgiving - The Apalachicola Christmas Celebration will light up the lovely historic town of Apalachicola from 4:00-8:00 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving. The streets will be lined with luminaries and filled with holiday spirit. Merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets filling the evening with the Christmas spirit. Santa will arrive on a shrimp boat at 4:00 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street. Santa will hear children’s Christmas wishes and carolers will sing. The Orman House is trimmed in holiday finery and docents in period costumes lead visitors through the early history of the County. Saturday, the celebration continues with afternoon holiday programs, caroling, and Santa.  The Raney House is decorated in holiday greenery and open for tours.  Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration! Saturday from 1:00-3:30pm the fun continues as Santa has a special day devoted to hearing wishes from his furry friends.  There will be a pet costume contest at 3:00 and special treats for dogs. Bring your camera and make a donation to the Franklin County Humane Society and get your pet's photo taken with Santa. www.apalachicolabay.org
 

 DECEMBER   2013

Fresh Market ApalachHoliday Fresh Market -Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Downtown Apalachicola. Downtown Apalachicola Why fight the crowds and traffic at the malls? Come for the day or the weekend and find one-of-a-kind unusual presents. Shop in a relaxed, hassle free environment. Buy hand crafted Apalachicola specialties such as fresh seasonal wreaths, baked goods, artwork, wood carving, pottery, hand knitted goods. Your gift shopping has never been easier! Call (850) 653-9419 for details. Located in front of the Dixie Theatre Avenue E and Market Street. www.apalachicolabay.org



SGI LIghts 2Typically the first Friday in December - Annual  St. George Island - Island Lights  festivities.  The one mile "Jingle Jog" starts at 4:00 on the  bike path in front of Lighthouse Park and proceeds through the business  district.  It's a fun run and everyone is welcome!  All runners  will receive Santa hats for their heads and jingle bells for their shoes.   Come a little before 4:00 to sign in. A $5 per runner donation is  suggested at the run.  Refreshments, including snacks, coffee, and hot  chocolate, are available at 5:00. Santa is expected around 5:00.   He will arrive by fire engine and entertain and provides gifts  to children who are age 10 or younger.  In the event of rain,  many stable tents will be set up.  View the lighting of the palms and  park at sundown.

      The event is hosted by the St. George  Island Business Association.  For more information, see www.SGILights.com or  call Sometimes It's Hotter at 840-927-5039. Ho ho ho!


Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb.   Monday, December 16th, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:30pm. On the night of the full moon in December. Watch the Sun set  and the Full  Moon rise from  the top of the Cape St. George Light!   Tickets are $15.00  per person, or  $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse  Association members, and  include light  hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling  cider toast to the Full  Moon.  After  sunset, additional climbers are  welcome at the top for a  view of the  Full Moon, as time and space  permit.  The Full Moon only  climb is $10.00  per person and $5.00 for  SGLA members.  Reservations are  recommended,  and can be made by calling   850-927-7745 or by stopping by the  Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org



Civic Club Christmas Party on a Thursday in  mid-December.  Members may attend for free, there is a charge for  others.  It will be catered.   www.sgiCivicClub.com




Eastpoint XmasEastpoint Christmas  Celebration - Friday, December, 13th, 2013 - Join us for a fun filled holiday parade on US  98 in Eastpoint.. The parade starts at 4:00 pm. Bring  your golf cart, convertible, pick up truck or boat. We'll end at the Pavillon on  Patton Drive where Santa will arrive by oyster boat, there will be caroling and  Santa will listen to children's wishes.For more info call 653-5596.





Thursdays @ 6:00 at Sometimes Its Hotter, 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  Circle of Friends. Come party with the locals,  business owners, and island guests.  Free appetizers.  Wine, beer, and  non-alcoholic drinks available.  Live entertainment.  Young adults,  children, and dogs on leashes are welcome.



 

December 25.  Christmas Day potluck at Eddy  Teach's Raw Bar at 240 E. 3rd St.  Bar opens at 2:00, dinner  at 4:00.  Bring a dish.  Everyone welcome.  850-927-5050.




December 31.  New Year's Eve Beach Bonfire on  the beach at Lighthouse Park.  The bonfire will be lit at 8:00, musical  entertainment.  Hosted by the St. George Island Civic Club.   653-6734.




JANUARY 2014


Tuesdays.  Winter Bingo at the St. George Island Firehouse (324 E. Pine Ave.).  7 - 9:00 PM.  Sponsored by the St. George Island Civic Club.  Everyone is welcome. 





Maritime Museum logo Apalachicola Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series: - Saturdays in January from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  $5 includes low country boil reception. The Apalachicola Maritime Museum is located at 103 Water Street in Apalachicola, 850-656-2500 www.ammfl.org



Dixie TheatreThe DIXIE Theatre – 2014 Professional Season, January through March
The historic DIXIE Theatre located in downtown Apalachicola offers live entertainment from January through March. Its professional programs cover a wide variety of interests from ballet to live theatre and one-woman shows to musical groups performing from a selection of genres including: blues, jazz, ragtime, rock, soul and even an Irish folk band for St. Patty’s Day. There are Elvis and Patsy Cline tributes and a Flamenco trio that will knock your socks off. The Theatre’s 10th Annual DIXIE Does Nashville brings some of Nashville’s best singer/songwriters to town for some memorable performances.  For more information, show schedules and times, please visit the DIXIE Theatre’s website at www.dixietheatre.com or call the box office at 850-653-3200.





 

Oyster CookoffThe Fourth Annual Oyster Cook-Off -  A Saturday in late January. This event benefits the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire  Department. The Friday  evening event will be a preview of the oyster-related  silent auction  items, along with a sampling of the Apalachicola Bay's tasty  bivalves.  The actual cook-off on Saturday will start at 11 a.m. Contestants are  encouraged to enter with their favorite recipe. All forms of oysters  will be  available to taste: raw, steamed, fried. Other food items and  refreshments will  be available for purchase also. The day's activities  will include live music  and dancing performances. More information will  be posted soon at www.oystercookoff.com,  and the event can be followed  on Facebook. 




Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. On the evening of the full moon in January. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org


A Saturday in late January.  The St. George Island Yacht Club's annual Low Country Boil  at Harry A's.  Everyone is invited.  2:00 - 6:00.  $10 for Yacht Club members, $15 for everyone else.



 

  

 Super Bowl Sunday Party at Harry A's, 28 W. Bayshore Dr (850-927-3400).


FEBRUARY 2014


MardI Gras 2013Mardi Gras Parade, Ball & Riverfront Festival - Usually a Friday & Saturday in early February. Downtown Apalachicola. 

Friday-
The parade begins at 5:00 pm at the Bowery and continues to Riverfront Park where the party will continue with live music, dancing, Cajun food, and festivities for the family.

Saturday-
Mardi Gras Ball at the historic Coombs Armory. Festivities begin at 6:30 pm.
For information or to pre register, call (850) 670-5064 or (850) 653-2025.



 

Snowbird Appreciation Day -Will be held on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014.  It's sponsored by the St. George Island Business Association which invites the area's winter guests to visit to St. George Island. If you consider yourself a visitor to the area, you're welcome to participate! This year Snowbird Day consists of happy hour, dinner and live music.

The event is being held outside of Sometimes It's Hotter at 112 E. Gulf Beach Drive from 3:30pm - 6:30pm. Price is $10 per person and includes a bag of goodies. Pre-registration is not required. Guests will pay in person upon arrival. Happy hour (cash bar) starts at 4:00pm along with live music by local favorites Kenny and Joe. Low Country Boil dinner will be served at 5:00pm. If you have any questions, please call 850-927-5039 or visit www.sgiSnowbirds.com




Tuesdays.  Winter Bingo at the St. George  Island Firehouse (324 E. Pine Ave.).  7 - 9:00 PM.  Sponsored by  the St. George Island Civic Club.  Everyone is welcome.



 

SGI Tour of homesThe St. George Island Tour of Homes -  Usually a Saturday in early February. The event is sponsored by the St. George Lighthouse Association. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 on day of tour.  For info: www.sgitourofhomes.com



Chef SamplerForgotten Coast Chef's Sampler - Sunday, February 9th, 2014 - Chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast will prepare their most creative dishes at the historic Fort Coombs Armory located on 4th Street and Avenue D in Apalachicola. Sample an array from our area restaurants. Our talented shopkeepers and local designers give the event an extraordinary touch and add creative flair by decorating each table individually. The tables range from elegant to artistic and funky. Tickets are $60. For more information, call the Apalachicola Bay Chamber at (850) 653-9419 or email us at info@apalachicolabay.org or www.apalachicolabay.org


Afro HItory FestAfrican-American History Festival - A weekend in mid-February. This two day festival showcases African American History, Art, and Culture in Apalachicola. Saturday begins with the festival parade at 10 am followed by the official opening ceremonies.There will be live entertainment throughout the two day event. www.hcola.org




 Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. On the evening of the full moon in February. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org


Dixie TheatreThe DIXIE Theatre – 2014 Professional Season, January through March
The historic DIXIE Theatre located in downtown Apalachicola offers live entertainment from January through March. Its professional programs cover a wide variety of interests from ballet to live theatre and one-woman shows to musical groups performing from a selection of genres including: blues, jazz, ragtime, rock, soul and even an Irish folk band for St. Patty’s Day. There are Elvis and Patsy Cline tributes and a Flamenco trio that will knock your socks off. The Theatre’s 10th Annual DIXIE Does Nashville brings some of Nashville’s best singer/songwriters to town for some memorable performances.  For more information, show schedules and times, please visit the DIXIE Theatre’s website at www.dixietheatre.com or call the box office at 850-653-3200.



 Snowbird BridgeEvery Monday & Wed. in Feb.  Snow Bird Bridge.  For a relaxed and fun game of bridge.  Meets  upstairs at the Jay Abbott Fire House (324 E. Pine Ave.) from 1 - 4:00.  Please bring a donation for the fire fighters for use of the their  facility.  For more info, call 927-28975.



MARCH 2014

Tuesdays.  Winter Bingo at the St.  George Island Firehouse (324 E. Pine Ave.).  7 - 9:00  PM.  Sponsored by the St. George Island Civic Club.  Everyone is  welcome.





Dixie TheatreThe DIXIE Theatre – 2014 Professional Season, January through March
The historic DIXIE Theatre located in downtown Apalachicola offers live entertainment from January through March. Its professional programs cover a wide variety of interests from ballet to live theatre and one-woman shows to musical groups performing from a selection of genres including: blues, jazz, ragtime, rock, soul and even an Irish folk band for St. Patty’s Day. There are Elvis and Patsy Cline tributes and a Flamenco trio that will knock your socks off. The Theatre’s 10th Annual DIXIE Does Nashville brings some of Nashville’s best singer/songwriters to town for some memorable performances.  For more information, show schedules and times, please visit the DIXIE Theatre’s website at www.dixietheatre.com or call the box office at 850-653-3200



 

Thursdays @ 6:00 at Sometimes Its Hotter, 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  Circle of Friends. Come party with the locals,  business owners, and island guests.  Free appetizers.  Wine, beer, and  non-alcoholic drinks available.  Live entertainment.  Young adults,  children, and dogs on leashes are welcome.



SGI Chili Cookoff 28thSt. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff. First Saturday in March - Contestants will compete in the largest  regional chili cookoff in the nation and vie for a spot in the National Chili  Cookoff.  The weekend begins with a golf tournament at 8:00 AM Thursday at St. James Golf Course.  $100 entry fee includes green fee, cart,  practice balls, goody bag & prizes.  Then on Friday, the Auction Art  Preview is from 5:00 in the afternoon to 7:00 in the evening at  the island's firehouse (324 E. Pine Ave.).  For a $5 donation, you may  preview many of the art items that will available at the next day's auction.  Saturday includes the 5K Red Pepper Run (8:00 AM), the amateur Crock Pot contest  with judging (10-11:00), the Auction beginning at 11:00, booth showmanship  judging (11:30 - 12:15), Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce judging (starting  at 12:15), taste awards (3:30).  Held  in the center of the  island.  $5 entry fee.  Proceeds benefit the St. George Island  Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders.  850-653-6735.  www.StGeorgeIslandChiliCookOff.com


CGJ Days 2013Camp Gordon Johnston Days - A weekend in early March 850-697-8575
The Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion Days were established to celebrate historic wartime Carrabelle and the service of our veterans from WWII to present. The Camp Gordon Johnston Association has announced the 2013 schedule. All veterans and their family, friends, and supporters are invited to Carrabelle from Thursday, March 7, 2013 through Saturday, March 9, 2013. 1001 Gray Avenue, Carrabelle www.campgordonjohnston.com





Maritime Museum logoApalachicola Maritime Museum Winter/Spring Lecture Series -Saturdays in March from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. $5 includes low country boil reception. The Maritime Museum is located at 103 Water Street in Apalachicola, 850-653-2500, www.ammfl.org



St. Vincent Open HOuse 2013St. Vincent Island Open House - Typically a Friday in late March - The Supporters of St Vincent (a 501 C 3) sponsor this annual open house to provide a day of easy access to Franklin County’s St Vincent Island for people to enjoy a free full day of nature-related activities. Free transport to/from the island will be provided hourly. Guided tours and exhibits will allow people to learn about the island’s protected wildlife, diverse ecosystems, and history as well as enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this unique pristine uninhabited refuge. These services including educational talks/discussions will be provided by numerous volunteers from the Supporters and various community organizations. The guided tours will be both walking and vehicular. Light snacks and bottled water will be available. For info: www.stvincentfriends.com



Art WalkApalachicola Art Walk - Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 - Fine art in all forms will be woven in and around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists will be showing, selling and demonstrating their talents from 11:00-6:00 pm. Festivities continue into the afternoon with wine tasting at 3:00pm.  Later in the evening local chefs will prepare special dishes at their restaurants highlighting our fresh local ingredients.  For more information call (850) 653-9419 or visit www.apalachicolabay.org


Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. On the evening of the full moon in March. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org


 

Eastpoint Rib Cook Off

The annual Eastpoint  Charity Rib Cookoff. Usually the third Saturday in March - Includes games for children, live music, liar's  contest, antique car show, and over 20 participants in the cook-off.    All 3 fire trucks will be on display.  At the Eastpoint Firehouse, 24  Sixth Street.  Benefits the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department.  Pru911@gtcom.net



APRIL 2014


Thursdays @ 6:00 at Sometimes Its Hotter, 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  Circle of Friends. Come party with the locals,  business owners, and island guests.  Free appetizers.  Wine, beer, and  non-alcoholic drinks available.  Live entertainment.  Young adults,  children, and dogs on leashes are welcome.


Redtrout ShootoutRedtrout Shootout - Typically a Saturday in mid April - $75 entry per angler and a guaranteed cash purse. Anglers launch from any boat ramp then weigh their catch in at C-Quarters Marina in Carrabelle. www.redtroutshootout.com






Ap Boat SHowAnnual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show - Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display throughout the day.  This festival emphasizes the maritime history of our picturesque coastal town.  Special highlights include authentic oyster boats, workboats, and home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and art booths.  The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have displays on the Apalachicola River and its flora and fauna, plus demonstrations on oyster tonging. The 50 foot long Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe will be on display at the Cotton Warehouse on Water Street. For information please call (850) 653-9419 or email us at info@apalachicolabay.org. For info: www.antiqueboatshow.org


weight_lifterTypically a Saturday in late April.  The Blue Parrot hosts the USA Southern Bench Press/Dead Lift Championship. This afternoon event features a beachside sanctioned weight lifting competition with world record lifts in various classes. Held on the lower deck and lasts into the evening. For more info:  www.BlueParrotSGI.com




Lighthouse 2upFlorida Lighthouse Day - Typically a Saturday in mid to late April - Celebrations will take place at both of Franklin County's lighthouses - the Cape St. George Light on St. George Island & the Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle. For info: www.stgeorgelight.org or www.crookedriverlighthouse.org





FSU Lab open house 2013FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory Spring Open House - A Saturday in late April - It only happens every other year, so mark your calendars! Next event will be in 2015. From tiny tots to the most mature adults and those of us who never quite grew up -- there will be something to educate, fascinate and entertain everyone! http://www.marinelab.fsu.edu/outreach/openhouse/index.html




Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. On the evening of the full moon in April. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org

Car River Fest 2013Carrabelle Riverfront Festival - Typically a Friday & Saturday in late April  - 2014 will be the 24th Riverfront Festival.  There will be Art exhibits, Sand Sculpture, great Food, Pet Parade, Animal Exhibits, Fishy Fashion Show,  and much much more. The greatly anticipated two-day event will feature Carrabelle's own Fishy Fashion Show, Pet Parade and the Procession of the Species. For info: www.carrabelleriverfrontfestival.com






MAY 2014

Plein AIrTwo weeks in early May. Plein Air  Paint-outA 10-day open air painting event featuring  national artists creating memories of the Forgotten Coast on canvas.   Artists will be painting on the beach, across the marsh, beside the lakes and  throughout the streets of waterfront towns from Mexico Beach, Windmark, Port St.  Joe, Cape San Blas, Apalachicola, Eastpoint, St. George Island, Carrabelle, and  inland at Wewahitchka. You are cordially invited to join us at this premier art  exhibition and sale featuring on-location artists. Experience beauty through the  eyes of America's finest plein air artists!    www.PleinAirFl.com

A day in mid-May. As part of the paint-out, artists will be painting in the area of  the lighthouse on St. George Island during the day.  Come and  watch!   Anyone wishing to meet the artists and view their paintings  should plan to attend the reception at the Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage in  Lighthouse Park between 4:00 - 6. 




Apalach Home TourHistoric Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour - Typically the first weekend in May.  Visitors are invited to sample an array of houses that we call home in Apalach. Homes will be open on Saturday, only, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be available at $20 until the day of the event. On the day of the tour, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. at $25 per ticket. Lunch will be served from 11:00 am - 2:00 p.m. in Trinity’s parish hall at a cost of $10. In addition, a sealed bid auction, 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m., will be a part of the tour day’s festivities. For more info visit www.apalachicolahistorichometour.org


GhostwalkSpring Ghostwalk -  Typically a Saturday in early May. Apalachicola Area Historic Society Hosts Spring Ghostwalk - Keep the history hike theme going this weekend and join the Apalachicola Historic Society for their annual Spring Ghost Tour walk of the Historic Chestnut Street Cemetery(Highway 98/Avenue E) in Apalachicola. The walk will be held from 7-9 pm. (ET). Tickets $5. Info: www.apalachicolahistoricalsociety.org






Cinco de Mayo

 Cinco de Mayo Benefit - at  Sometimes It's Hotter Seasoning Company at 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr.    Benefits the Franklin County Public Library.  Starts at 4:00.   Silent  art auction, live music, fiesta foods.  Annual contest to  determine who  makes the best salsa.  Margaritas, Sangria, beer &  wine.   850-927-5039.



Ilse newellIlse Newell Concert Series 2013-14 - Typically a Sunday in May, Lafayette Park in Downtown Apalachicola.  Bring a lawn chair and snacks and enjoy the afternoon! www.apalachicolahistoricalsociety.org




  

Civil War Days 2013Civil War Exhibit & Living History Weekend - Typically a weekend in mid May.  Presented by the Apalachicola Maritime Museum - A weekend packed full of reenactments, boat tours, museum tours, historic home tours, Civil War exhibits, lectures, living history interpretors & so much more. The Apalachicola Maritime Museum has partnered with a number of groups to create this weekend full of activities that will tell the story of the blockade and life here during the Civil War. Thanks to the Orman House, Apalachicola Historical Society, the St. George Lighthouse Association, the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture, and Arts, and other organizations. The Maritime Museum is located at 103 Water Street in Apalachicola, 850-653-2500. For more INFO & a SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for the 2013 event: http://ammfl.org/civil-war-weekend



Golf Gone Wild 2Golf Gone Wild! Typically a Saturday in mid May. A golf tournament and silent auction to help injured and orphaned birds and wildlife; sponsored by ST. JAMES BAY GOLF RESORT and FORGOTTEN COAST TV to benefit the FLORIDA WILD MAMMAL ASSOCIATION (FWMA).

Come play on a beautiful, Audubon-sanctioned golf course with CASH PRIZES and help injured and orphaned birds and wildlife too. There will also be a silent auction from 1:00 to 4:00 pm www.wakullawildlfe.org


Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. On the evening of the full moon in May. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org



Scout RegattaScout Regatta -  Typically a Saturday in mid May at the new  county  park on W. Bayshore Dr. near 9th St.  Sponsored by the  Franklin County  Scout Troop and the St. George Island Yacht Club.   Everyone is  invited to come and view the sailing  competition. Races start at 11:00am and continue until 4:00pm.




A Saturgolfday in mid-May.  The Annual Putt-Masters Mini-Golf Tournament to  benefit the Franklin County Public Library.  Hosted by the Red Pirate  Family Grill & Oyster Bar in Eastpoint.  This zany and popular  putt-putt tournament consists of teams of four in pursuit of trophies and green  jackets.  Music, food, family fun.  To sponsor a team or for more  information, contact Anna Carmichael at 850-370-6763 or Anna.Carmichael@yahoo.com.



paddle_boarders Kayak and stand-up paddleboard  demo. Typically a Saturday in late May. Journeys of St. George wants you to come try out a kayak or  stand-up paddleboard.  In the boat basin across from Harry A's, 10:00am - 3pm.  850-927-3259. www.sgislandjourneys.com




Capt Jack TourneyThe 2014 Captain Jack Offshore/Inshore tournament will be held on a Saturday in late May at the Alligator Point Fire Station. Proceeds go to the Capital Area Chapter Red Cross and the Alligator Point/St. Teresa Fire Station.Email captainjacktournament@gmail.com for more information.




JUNE 2014



  Tuesdays.  Summer Bingo upstairs at  the  fire station (324 E. Pine Ave.) at 7:00pm.  25 cents  a  card.   Sponsored by the St. George Island Civic Club.    Everyone welcome.





turtle with shellsWednesdays in June from 2-3 pm - Presentation about Sea  Turtles, Franklin  County's Oldest Visitors, by the  Apalachicola  National Estuarine  Research Reserve (ANERR) and the St. George  Island  Volunteer  Turtlers.  At ANERR, 108 Island Drive (just across the St. George  Island bridge in Eastpoint) www.facebook.com/StGeorgeIslandVolunteerTurtlers




Mullet TossTypically a Sturday in early June - Annual SGI   Mullet Toss sponsored by the Blue Parrot on the beach, 68  W.  Gorrie  Drive.  Registration begins at 10:00, festivities  at  11:00.  Adults  $25, children $15.  The event benefits  the Apalachicola Bay Charter School.  Prizes.  850-927-2987.  www.BlueParrotSGI.com




Fishermans kids tourneyFishermans Choice Kids Fishing Tournament - Typically a Saturday in early/mid June - Kids 16 and under will fish for fresh and saltwater species. Each entry receives a t-shirt, and after the tournament, entrees are invited to attend a cookout at Fisherman's Choice where they will weigh in their fish, eat hot dogs and hamburgers and get some great prizes. In years past, Rex says they gave away 170 rods and reels, tackle boxes and a dozen cast nets. Prizes are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place and include all major fish species. Entry is free. Call Fisherman's Choice for more information at (850) 670-8808. www.fishermanschoice.net



Big Bend Saltwater ClassicBig Bend Saltwater Classic - Typically held on Father's Day weekend - The Big Bend Saltwater Classic fishing tournament was launched in 1989 by The Organization for Artificial Reefs, Inc, (OAR), a private, non-profit, marine interest group based in Tallahassee. Since 1990, the Tournament has been a three-day event set on Father's Day Weekend. It is a rodeo format featuring multiple species in three divisions for competitive fishing for Juniors to Pros. The format has proven itself productive and inviting to participants and their families. The Bend Saltwater Classic is the Fishing Family’s place to be on Father's Day Weekend in North Florida.www.saltwaterclassic.com








Thursdays @ 6:00 at Sometimes Its Hotter, 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  Circle of Friends. Come party with the  locals, business owners, and island guests.  Free appetizers.   Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks available.  Live  entertainment.   Adults,  children, and dogs on leashes are  welcome.




Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. On the evening of the full moon in June. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org


Special summer programs at  the Franklin County Public Library, 29 Island Drive in  Eastpoint. Teenager (ages 12 - 17) reading program on Thursdays  from 2 - 4:00.  Toddler (through age 4) hour from 3:30 - 4:30 on  Fridays.  Book Chat on the 1st Monday of each month at 1:30.   850-670-8151.



 JULY 2014


Apalach Fireworks 2013Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration - Typically the 3rd or 4th of July - Main Street will be sponsoring an Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display on River Front Park. The event is free to the public and will include a parade, music, community choir, children's activities, food and beverage and a spectacular fireworks display over the Apalachicola River at River Front Park.





Fireworks AMMApalachicola Maritime Museum Independence Day Celebration - Typically corresponds with the Apalachicola Independence Day celebration - Join us for a parade watching party featuring cocktails in the courtyard and free ice cream, with free admission. After the parade, join us on the docks for a cookout with live music as we gather to watch the fireworks show on the waterfront. We will serve both traditional and vegetarian burgers and dogs. Call or visit our website for tickets and enjoy live music and an All-American dinner on the docks.  The AMM docks will be one of the best spots on the river to watch the fireworks! 103 Water Street, Apalachicola www.ammfl.org


flagsSt. George Island - July 4th Parade - Parade line up is 10:30am at 3rd Street and West Pine. Prizes for Best Float, Best Theme and Best Decoration. Bring your squirt guns but NO water balloons (harmful to wildlife). Parade begins at 11:00. Hosted by Eddy Teach's.

Fireworks at dusk on the beach in front of The Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe.



turtle with shellsTypically held on Wednesdays in July from 2-3pm - Presentation about Sea Turtles, Franklin County's Oldest Visitors, by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) and the St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers. At ANERR, 108 Island Drive (just across the St. George Island bridge in Eastpoint). www.facebook.com/StGeorgeIslandVolunteerTurtlers




C Quarters Youth TourneyC-Quarters Youth Fishing Tournament - Typically a Friday & Saturday in mid to late July - Children age 16 and younger - Friday evening, prior to Saturday's fishing day, all entries in the tournament must attend a Fishing Clinic taught by the Dock Master of C-Quarters Marina, Millard Collins. They are instructed how to tie knots, tie on hooks, and overall safety while fishing. At completion of the clinic, each one receives a rod and reel, a tee shirt, hat, and bait. Rod and reels are furnished by FishFloridatag.org.

There are nine categories of fish with three places in each catagory. There will be trophies awarded for each category. On Saturday morning, the kids can fish from docks or, if they can go out on a boat, they are allowed to fish the Carrabelle River up to Dog Island. There will be a weighmaster available all day.
Lunch will be provided to the kids (Hot dogs, baked beans, chips and cokes) while the officials determine the tournament winners. All participants must be registered prior to the tournament. www.c-quartersmarina.com


Maritime Museum logoFull Moon Paddle Trips - On the evening of the full moon - The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will be hosting full moon paddle trips accompanied by a support vessel to help ensure safety. For more information, contact the Museum, located at 103 Water Street in Apalachicola, 850-653-2500. www.ammfl.org


Full moon ClimbSunset/Full Moon Climb. On the evening of the full moon in July. Watch the Sun set and the Full Moon rise from the top of the Cape St. George Light!  Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $10.00 for St. George Lighthouse Association members, and include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon.  After sunset, additional climbers are welcome at the top for a view of the Full Moon, as time and space permit.  The Full Moon only climb is $10.00 per person and $5.00 for SGLA members.  Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 850-927-7745 or by stopping by the Keeper's House Museum. www.stgeorgelight.org 


SGI PlantationSt. George Plantation Photo Contest - Typically held from June to August - St. George Plantation is asking photographers to submit photographs of St. George Island, Apalachicola or Franklin County, accompanied by a written release form granting St. George Plantation Owners' Association permission to publish your photos.  You may submit up to two photographs in the competition with a required $5.00 entry fee.  Forms and Guidelines will be available on-line beginning in June. For info: www.sgpoa.com





Tuesdays. Summer Bingo upstairs at the fire station (324 E. Pine Ave.) at 7:00pm. 25 cents a card. Sponsored by the St. George Island Civic Club. Everyone welcome.





Thursdays @ 6:00 at Sometimes Its Hotter, 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr. Circle of Friends. Come party with the locals, business owners, and island guests. Free appetizers. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks available. Live entertainment. Young adults, children, and dogs on leashes are welcome.



Special summer programs at the Franklin County Public Library, 29 Island Drive in Eastpoint. Teenager (ages 12 - 17) reading program on Thursdays from 2 - 4:00. Toddler (through age 4) hour from 3:30 - 4:30 on Fridays. Book Chat on the 1st Monday of each month at 1:30. 850-670-8151.



A Friday in early July. Movies in the Park presented by the Franklin County Sheriff's office S.A.F.E. (Student And Family Events) Program. Begins at 8:30 in Lighthouse Park.










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