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SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - July 1, 2015

Climb to the top of the Cape St. George Light to watch the sunset and the rise of the full moon. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb includes light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon.  Cost is $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit.  Cost is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for SGLA members. Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

turtle Talk - July 1, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

SGI Independence Parade - July 3, 2015

July 3rd - 11:00am, line up at 1st Street and West Pine. Parade starts at noon.
July 6th  - 11:00am, line up at 1st Street and West Pine. Parade starts at noon.

 

Come on down to St. George Island for the wettest and wildest Independence Day parade on the Forgotten Coast! Because most visitors depart and arrive on Saturdays and Sundays, this year there will be two parades to better accommodate our visitors - the first will be on Friday, July 3rd and the second will be on Monday, July 6th. Decorate your vehicle and join in the fun! Anyone in costume or on a float or in a decorated vehicle, golf cart or bicycle can participate. Bring your squirt guns and plan to get wet! No water balloons please, they are harmful to the local wildlife. Line up at the intersection of 1st Street West and West Pine Street at 11:00am. Parade begins at noon. For more information please contact Vicki Frost at Eddy Teach’s at 927-5050.

 

Apalachicola Independence Eve Celebration - July 3, 2015

Apalachicola has big plans for a memorable Independence Eve celebration on its riverfront. For the fourth consecutive year, the community has combined its resources for a July 3 spectacular, culminating in a stunning fireworks display over the Apalachicola River.

Beginning at 4 p.m. in Riverfront Park, hub of the Independence Eve activities, a crew from among more than 50 volunteers will be busy serving up Firecracker Fried Shrimp, Wings of Freedom, and Hero Hot Dogs. Refreshments including wine and locally brewed Oyster City Beer will also be available.

Children will take part in face painting, games and age-appropriate fun for America’s birthday weekend. There’ll be lots of musical entertainment, including the United Methodist Church youth band and soloist Maxine Kellogg.

At 6 p.m. the featured entertainment, Johnny Barbato and the Lucky Doggs, out of New Orleans, will take the stage at Riverfront Park. At 6:30 p.m, across from the historic district in Lafayette Park, the Red, White and Blue parade, coordinated by Franklin’s Promise, will line up, drawing conveyances from walkers to wheelchairs, bicycles to golf carts, all emblazoned in red, white and blue. The parade heads down Avenue B to Riverfront Park, where everyone is invited to enjoy free hand-scooped ice cream.

The patriotic party continues as the excitement grows, leading to a Veterans Tribute at 8:30 p.m. Apalachicola city commissioner Jimmy Elliott, who served with the Army overseas in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm and three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, will be the featured speaker.

Debbie Fletcher will sing the God Bless Americaand immediately afterwards, a 20-minute fireworks extravaganza, launched by PyroShows, of LaFollette, Tennessee will be launched from a barge, illuminating the river that once served as the height of Florida commerce during its 19th century heyday.

For those who wish to relax in an up-close seat on the docks, savoring wine or locally brewed Oyster City Beer, table sponsorships and reserved seating are available.  Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome on the grass.

The celebration is being coordinated by Historic Apalachicola Main Street in partnership with the City of Apalachicola, Franklin’s Promise Coalition, and the Apalachicola Bay Chamber Of Commerce. For more information, please visit www.ApalachicolaMainStreet.org, contact Harry Arnold: (850) 524-0770 or Jim Bachrach (850) 899-8689, or email Executive Director Augusta West at awest@ApalachicolaMainStreet.org.

Carrabelle Independence Day Celebration - July 4, 2015

Enjoy fireworks over the Carrabelle River at dark.

4th of July Freedom Fest - July 4, 2015

Come celebrate our great countries spirit of freedom and independence. Watch the greatest fireworks display on the Island from the Blue Parrot decks.

Have a delicious fresh seafood dinner while the sky lights up. Enjoy drinks from the Tiki Bar while the crowd oooohs and aaahs. Music and fun.

SGI Independence Parade - July 6, 2015

July 3rd - 11:00am, line up at 1st Street and West Pine. Parade starts at noon.
July 6th  - 11:00am, line up at 1st Street and West Pine. Parade starts at noon.

Come on down to St. George Island for the wettest and wildest Independence Day parade on the Forgotten Coast! Because most visitors depart and arrive on Saturdays and Sundays, this year there will be two parades to better accommodate our visitors - the first will be on Friday, July 3rd and the second will be on Monday, July 6th. Decorate your vehicle and join in the fun! Anyone in costume or on a float or in a decorated vehicle, golf cart or bicycle can participate. Bring your squirt guns and plan to get wet! No water balloons please, they are harmful to the local wildlife. Line up at the intersection of 1st Street West and West Pine Street at 11:00am. Parade begins at noon. For more information please contact Vicki Frost at Eddy Teach’s at 927-5050.

Turtle Talk - July 8, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Apalachicola Farmers Market - July 11, 2015

Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market which opens July 11 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Mill Pond Pavilion, located at the north end of Market Street in Historic Apalachicola.

The Farmers Market will be open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at the Pavillion, which overlooks the historic Scipio Creek boat basin.

Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. 

Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.  

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile. 

Interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer?  Email apalachicolafarmersmarket@gmail.com to be a part of this vibrant community.

Turtle Talk - July 15, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Youth Fishing Tournament - July 18, 2015

Kids from all over the South are invited to attend the 10th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. Open to all kids 16 and younger. Registration is required on-site. Sponsored by Jimmie Crowder of C-Quarters Marina, FishFloridaTag.org and local businesses.

Turtle Talk - July 22, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Apalachicola Farmers Market - July 25, 2015

Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market which opens July 11 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Mill Pond Pavilion, located at the north end of Market Street in Historic Apalachicola.

The Farmers Market will be open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at the Pavillion, which overlooks the historic Scipio Creek boat basin.

Browse the market for goodies such as tomato pie, local eggs, homemade jams, jellies, salsa and barbeque sauce, locally-produced soaps, handmade turquoise jewelry, and perennials. 

Enjoy music with your friends and neighbors in a beautiful setting by the water. Relax under the live oaks that grace the Farmers Market on the Mill Pond off Scipio Creek.  

From the blinking light in Apalachicola Center, the Farmers Market is just down Market Street less than a mile. 

Interested in becoming a vendor or volunteer?  Email apalachicolafarmersmarket@gmail.com to be a part of this vibrant community.

4th Saturday Paddle - July 25, 2015

Join us for a volunteer-led 4th Saturday Paddle. We’ll explore one of the many creeks or tributaries of the mighty Apalachicola River, and sometimes the mighty Apalachicola River itself. Most of these trips are suitable for paddlers of many different levels of skill and experience. Just let us know what your level is, and we’ll almost always be able to accommodate you. On those rare occasions that require more skill, we’ll suggest a future trip that’s more suitable.

We have kayaks available on “first-reserve, first-get basis.” Each one-person kayak includes a PFD (personal floatation device) and paddle. If you bring your own kayak, don’t forget your own paddle and PFD, which must be worn at all times while on the water.

Please plan to reserve your space (and your kayak, if needed) at least two days in advance. Reservations for 4th Saturday Paddle trips can be requested by email or by calling the Apalachicola Riverkeeper office at 850-653-8936. Prior to the paddle, the trip organizer will contact paddlers and provide them with additional details (time, point of departure, weather uncertainties, etc.).

Paddle trips are FREE to our members, and $30 each to non-members (which gives you an annual membership for your family, so any other trips are free for 1 full year).

DON’T FORGET! Paddlers need to bring: water; snacks/lunch; sunscreen; bug spray; hat; camera; and any other items you might want/need, and all in a water proof bag which can be secured to the boat. Make sure you wear clothing that won’t weigh you down if it gets wet.

We also have occasional Sunday Paddle Excursions. These are longer and more challenging, and are suitable for paddlers who have significant experience. Excursions are typically announced a month in advance on our website or our Facebook page.

Movie Showing at Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum - July 25, 2015

Showing in the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum Movie Theatre, Saturday at 1015 hours, July 25, 2015.


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A 2008 British historical drama based on the novel of the same name by Irish writer John Boyne. Directed by Mark Herman,  produced by Miramax Films, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Notion Pictures, the film stars Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, amber Beattie and Rupert Friend.The film is a Holocaust drama that explores the horror of a World War II Nazi extermination camp through the eyes of two 8-year-old boys; one the son of the camp’s Nazi commandant, the other a Jewish inmate. This film is rated PG 13.

Admission is by donation, and appreciated. This film is one in a series shown monthly to educate our visitors on the sacrifices made, for us, by our WWII generation. Free popcorn will be served.

 

ANERR Workshop: Blue Carbon - July 28, 2015

Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for the Conservation and Restoration of CoastalWetlands will be offered by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserveon July 28th, from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Leading Blue Carbon experts Steve Emmett-Mattox with Restore America’s Estuaries and Dr. Stephen Crooks will explore the greenhouse gas benefits provided by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, mangroves, and other coastal ecosystems, and how these concepts can be used to support land conservation and restoration goals, plus generate new revenue opportunities.  They will discuss the economics of blue carbon, the basics of coastal landscape project planning, models, and implementation practices, and the benefits of combining blue carbon projects with traditional conservation and restoration activities.

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in coastal conservation and restoration, including natural resource managers, land owners, land trust managers, policy makers, planners, real estate professionals, attorneys and financial advisors, academia, and federal, state and local officials.

Presenters include Steve Emmett-Mattox and Dr. Stephen Crooks. Mr. Emmett-Mattox is the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Programs for Restore America’s Estuaries, where he leads the U.S. blue carbon effort and has been developing strategic initiatives for 15 years. Dr. Crooks is the Director of Climate Change Services for Environmental Science Associates, Co-Chair of the International Blue Carbon Working Group and member of the IPCC Working Group that drafted the 2013 guidelines to include wetlands in national greenhouse gas inventories. 

Registration is $20. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register go to http://gulfalliancetraining.com/detail.aspx?Id=96  For more information, please contact Anita Grove at Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us or (850) 670-7708 or Margo Posten at Margaret.Posten@dep.state.fl.us or (850) 670-7719.

WHAT:    Workshop: Blue Carbon: A Management Tool for the Conservation and Restoration of Coastal Wetlands

WHEN:    Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, 8:30am-4:30 pm

WHERE: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center
                108 Island Dr.
                Eastpoint, FL 32328

Turtle Talk - July 29, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - July 31, 2015

Climb to the top of the Cape St. George Light to watch the sunset and the rise of the full moon. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb includes light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon.  Cost is $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit.  Cost is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for SGLA members. Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

Kingfish Shootout - August 1, 2015 through August 2, 2015

This weekend event gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy themselves while advocating a wonderful cause that helps so many. All proceeds go to the Leukemia Research Foundation. Over $750,000 raised in the past 11 years.

Turtle Talk - August 5, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328