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Events and Activities for Alligator Point and Franklin County Florida

PEARLS Exhibition - April 1, 2017 through April 29, 2017

Saturday, April 1:  OPENING PARTY (6-8PM) at Center for History, Culture & Arts (HCA), Water Street. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and an eclectic art exhibit featuring paintings, photographs, birdhouses,   models    and more – all with shotgun houses as their motif. Exhibitors are local and national, novices and professionals.

Sunday, April 2: RECEPTION (4PM) & TALENT SHOW (5PM) at Holy Family Senior Center. 7th Street and Avenue L. Enjoy an exhibit of rare old photographs of Holy Family School and the African American Hill  community, followed by music and dance performances. Photo exhibit will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 2-5PM, throughout the month.

Tuesday, April 4: MEET & GREET ARTIST KAREN HITT. At HCA. See Hitt’s work at www.anoriginalhitt.com

Wednesday April 5-Friday April 7: PLEIN AIR PAINT-A-SHOTGUN WORKSHOP with Karen Hitt. Open to artists of any experience and any medium. Sign up at HCA. Bring your own supplies (scholarships available).

Saturday, April 8: SAVE OUR SHOTGUNS: A SYMPOSIUM (9AM-4PM) at HCA. Presentations by various professionals provide an opportunity to learn about preservation, restoration, affordable housing and   community culture; ideas exchange followed by Q & A.

Saturday, April 8: STREET JAM BETWEEN 2 SHOTGUNS (6-9PM)   Ave L between 8th and 9th Streets. Live music featuring the music of 20th century Apalachicola; bar-b-que dinners for sale.

Sunday, April 9: “BLESS US ALL,” AN INTERFAITH SERVICE (9-10:30AM) Tabernacle of Faith, 8th Street between Avenues H and I. Ministers of several local churches will lead us in a rousing outdoor church service.

Tuesday, April 18: PEARLS POETS (6:30PM) at HCA. To read your work, preregister at info@saveourshotguns.org. Poetry must be related to PEARLS.

Saturday, April 22: PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH FOLK ARTIST ERNEST LEE (1-3PM) at HCA. Lee has been called “Florida’s Van Gogh” and his work has been displayed across the country. Limited enrollment; sign up early! MEET & GREET with ERNEST LEE (5-7PM) at HCA.

Sunday, April 23: HIDDEN HOUSE TOUR (1-3PM)  Convene at 1PM at Holy Family, 7th Street at Avenue L. A walking tour highlighting some of the all but disappeared shotguns on “the Hill.”

Thursday, April 27: “APALACHICOLA HILLSIDE ARCHIVE PROJECT” (6-8PM) at History, Culture & Art Center, Water Street. Oral histories of some of the Hill’s older residents filmed by “native daughter” Sarah Ocea Williams. Ms. Williams holds degrees in Digital Filmmaking and Media & Communications and is a member of NY Women in Film and TV .

Friday, April 28: CROSSING JORDAN (7-9PM) at Chapman Auditorium, Avenue E and 12th Street. A stage production of an award-winning children’s novel by Adrian Fogelin. The City’s Project Impact students performed this musical play six years ago; now the author, students, and members of the Panhandle Players team up to bring us once again this “sensitive portrayal of racial conflict in a Tallahassee neighborhood.”

Saturday, April 29 and Sunday April 30: CROSSING JORDAN (2-4PM) Matinee performances.                                                

Saturday, April 29: CLOSING PARTY (6-8PM) at HCA. Mingle with the artists as we close out our month-long celebration of Apalachicola’s rich legacy of shotguns.

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH, you are invited to participate in (1) a self-guided walking tour of shotgun houses on the Hill, (2) using our interactive map and (3) our Story Corps program. The exhibit of photographs of Holy Family students and teachers will be open Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays from 2 to 5PM at Holy Family Senior Center on 7th Street and Avenue L. Visit our website at www.saveourshotguns.org.

Explore the Black Backwater of Tate's Hell Swamp - April 29, 2017

This four-mile intermediate canoe/kayak trip will allow participants to experience the sights smells, and sounds of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world. This Spring Tour will explore the Spring blooms of Tate's Hell. Students will need to bring their own brown bag lunches and kayak/canoes. $22 fee. 10 am - 2 pm. Led by Instructor, Serge LaTour, Owner, LuLutra LLC, Kayak/Canoe Guide, Certified Green Guide. For more information and to register: http://tinyurl.com/zewudl7

SGI Brew Fest - April 29, 2017

Welcome to the 2nd Annual SGI Brewfest! The SGI Brewfest is a one day beer tasting festival designed to promote the appreciation of craft beer all while listening to live music and enjoying great food. The event is a fundraiser for the Franklin County Humane Society and all proceeds will benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Franklin County. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Paddy’s Raw Bar and Journeys of St. George Island. VIP ticket holders and Early Admission ticket holders will be granted access beginning at NOON. General Admission ticket holders will be granted access at 1:00pm.

Ticket sales are very limited and TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE via the SGI Brewfest website. Tickets WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. Ticket holders will have the opportunity for unlimited tastings of a number of different beers. Food will be available for an additional charge. Enjoy live music throughout the event. Designated Driver ticket holders will have free water and sodas available. Brewers are being added daily so be sure to check the Brewfest website for the latest news and updates. Bring ID for age verification – For security and safety purposes no one under 21 years of age will be admitted.

Fore more information please visit: www.sgibrewfest.com

Skip's Birding Tips - April 29, 2017

The spring migration is in full swing and St. George Island State Park is one of the best spots along the Forgotten Coast to experience it! Join Ranger Skip, the park’s resident “bird brain”, for a guided walk through our park’s most diverse habitats. We will discuss the mechanics of migration as well as how to quickly ID birds on the fly. This program is open to all experience levels, some binoculars and bird books will be available on loan, but if you have your own, bring them. The program will start at 9:00am in the youth camp area of the park on April 8th and continue at the same time every Saturday for the rest of the month.   This program is free with paid admission into the park.

Turtle Season - May 1, 2017

May 1 marks the beginning of  loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on St. George Island and other beaches throughout Franklin County and Florida. The turtles will lay their eggs from May – September, with 50-150 baby turtles hatching after 45-60 days, usually at night. One female may nest several times in one season.

Florida has the highest number of sea turtles of any state in the continental US. Three species are common here including loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles. The Federal Endangered Species Act lists all of sea turtles in Florida as either threatened or endangered. In 2016, Franklin County reported 1116 Loggerhead nests, according to the Florida Statewide Nesting Beach Survey.

Oysters 101 - May 3, 2017

1:00pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the important role oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. We will learn about what makes Apalachicola Bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct taste and how oysters benefit the ecosystem.  Rain date is May 18th. Please register for class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 or send an email to emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

Forgotten Coast Plein Air - May 4, 2017 through May 14, 2017

More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists along with several hundred art enthusiasts will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast soon to participate in the 12th annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 5-14, 2017. The event will include several exhibit venues stretching from Carrabelle more than 100 miles west along the coast to Mexico Beach. The event features daily artist demonstrations, workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. This year focuses on local culture with an emphasis on the people, the places and stories behind the plein air paintings. Art enthusiasts  can visit the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day event.

Apalach Historic Home Tour - May 5, 2017 through May 6, 2017

A time-honored tradition, the “Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour” is celebrating its 25th anniversary.  Trinity Episcopal Church pays homage to all the home and garden owners who have generously shared their homes and gardens with visitors for a quarter of a century.  Join the festivities as we wow you with this year’s selections of homes and gardens.  From a stately mansion and two-story homes to tiny houses, we have a delightful array of dwellings to share with you.

Co-chairpersons, Beverley Connors and Ginger Madewell, announced today that plans are underway for the 25th Annual “Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour” sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church.  The tour is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola, FL on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 2017.

With great pleasure, we present the residence of Mariterese and Pat Balthrop as the featured home of the tour. This palatial Victorian stands as a paragon of style and boasts an august history in Apalachicola.  The dwelling was completed in 1896 and was built for George and Elizabeth Porter Ruge.  George Ruge was a co-partner in the Ruge Brothers Canning Company which utilized pasteurization to become Florida’s first successful seafood packer. The property, on which the resplendent home is set, occupies half of a city block.  A deep and wide wrap-around veranda welcomes guests to turn back their watches to a more refined and slower-paced era.  Since the house was purchased in 2013, upgrades have been made to the kitchen and master bath, but the original integrity of the house has been respected by the Balthrops who are only the third owners.   The impressive foyer, with its beamed ceilings, rich heart pine floors and cypress wood paneling, culminates in an imposing staircase framed by triple-arch pilasters, setting the tone for the grand scope of the home.   The interior décor, furnishings and art are in keeping with the home’s magnificent style.  Filled with artworks by American and international artists, they reflect both the diversity valued by the owners and their wide-ranging travels.  Visitors will marvel at the scale and ornamentation of this spectacular house.

Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church, the traditional opening for the home tour, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, followed by a reception to which all are invited. Homes will be open only on Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Pre-sale tickets are available at $25 each on our website or at the church office through Friday, May 5.  On Saturday, May 6, tour tickets will be $30 and ticket sales commence at 9:30 a.m.  A luncheon will be served at Benedict Hall on the grounds of Trinity Church from 11:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on the day of the tour (tickets are $12).  Simultaneous with the tour, a silent auction will be he held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Guests to Apalachicola can enhance their weekend experience by allowing time to visit the many historical buildings and churches, museums, inns and parks that mark this historic town as a truly original locale.  We welcome you to join us for the weekend and come back again and again.

Bay Friendly Landscaping Workshop - May 5, 2017

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting a bay friendly landscaping workshop on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 1:00-3:30 pm. Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants in the workshop will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs, and bio-swales. Following the discussion portion of the workshop participants will have the option, for a small fee, to assemble their own rain barrel that they can take home. The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. The class is free, but rain barrels are $20.00 per barrel. Please register for the class in advance.

Cinco De Mayo - May 5, 2017

Come Celebrate at Sometimes It's Hotter, on St George Island! Starting at 4:00. This is a fundraiser to benefit Franklin County Public Libraries. There will be tacos, nachos, beer, wine, and margaritas. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, a book sale, and live music.


Paddle Jam - May 5, 2017

Grab your kayak and head to the coast May 5-7 and join in what organizers hope will be another world-record attempt to gather the largest number of kayaks together in one floating mass to break the current Guiness  world record. The three-day Forgotten Coast PaddleJam event is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club.  The Guiness World record attempt is just one activity planned as part of the area-wide fund-raising event featuring paddle sports, music and food. Other activities planned include kayak and SUP races and live music throughout the county.

AAA Art Exhibit - May 6, 2017

The Artists of Apalachicola Area (AAA) will host their 4th Annual Members Show May 6-21. Featured will be original artwork by local and surrounding area artists..  These works will include Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting of oil, pastel and watercolor, Jewelry and Photography .  An opening reception will held on May 6 from 4-6 pm. at.  Also on display, a "New Zealand Expedition"  Show will be on exhibit through June 30.

Spring Ghostwalk - May 6, 2017

Stay in Apalachicola after the Trinity Tour of Homes Saturday, May 6 and enjoy the Apalachicola Historic Society's annual Spring Ghost Tour walk of the Historic Chestnut Street Cemetery in Apalachicola. History enthusiasts take on the personna of several of the cemetery’s more notable inhabitants to tell of life in Apalachicola more than 100 years ago. The walk will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm.

IN Concert: SEAHAWKS Concert Band - May 7, 2017


Living Shorelines Workshop - May 9, 2017

Coastal erosion is a natural process caused by currents, wave action, wind, storms and even boat wakes. The traditional methods using to harden the shoreline like seawalls and rip rap can often increase coastal erosion and remove the ability of the shoreline to carry out natural processes. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) will host a workshop on Living Shorelines on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm. The workshop will discuss living shorelines vs. harden shorelines, how to evaluate a shoreline by considering the physical factors such as wave energy, prevailing wind and wave direction, vegetation, and soil type, and present living shoreline methods, materials, permitting, and share success stories of local living shorelines. We will also look at types of plants to plant and visit a local living shoreline. The lecture is free, registration is suggested. For more information, please contact Anita Grove at 850-670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us

Rock by the Sea - May 11, 2017 through May 14, 2017

Rock by the Sea (RBTS), a charity music festival, returns to St. George Island for its 11th Spring event for 4-nights of music.  The first night on May 10 is the Pre-Party and free to attend at Harry A’s on St. George Island. RBTS raises money for pediatric cancer treatment, research, and other deserving children’s charities. This year they are focusing their efforts on University of Florida’s Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program.  Rock by the Sea, for the first time, is  partnering with ABC2 (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure) (http://www.abc2.org) in a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000.  Last year RBTS donated $35,000 to the UF program and have a goal this year to raise at least $60,000. This match could mean $110,000 to this program that is making real headway in clinical trials to weaponize a child's own immune system to seek out and destroy cancer cells.
ABC2 was born out of the massive need for brain tumor research. While basic scientific discoveries tell us more about cancer with each passing year, more than 90% of research stops at the financial “Valley of Death,” never to be translated from knowledge into new therapies for patients. This is why the UF Health’s BTIP has their interest.  They are reaching patients and making strides with Immunotherapy, a very promising new technique.
Drug discovery and development can take 10 to 15 years. When ABC2 backed Genentech to get Avastin approved by the FDA for glioblastoma, it became the first new brain cancer drug approved since 1999. Meanwhile, the median life expectancy of someone with glioblastoma is only about 18 months. Today in the US, 42 men, women and children lost their lives to brain cancer. It happened yesterday, and unless things change, it will happen again tomorrow.
“They noticed our support of the fine program at UF Health with Dr. Mitchell that they too support and thought together we can probably increase these donations,” said Beth Gosnell, President of RBTS.  “We are thrilled and inspired to raise as much money as we possibly can to maximize this match.   “ABC2 is thrilled to partner with Rock by the Sea. We look for unique and different ways to make a difference in brain cancer research. We have supported Dr. Mitchell and his team’s research for a number of years and when we saw that the festival benefited his program we couldn’t wait to get involved!” Mindy Hoff, Fundraising and Events Manager.
If you have ever been inclined to support Rock by the Sea OR UF Health, but can’t make it to the event, we hope people will go on line and donate or mail a check.  All the information is on. the website. (www.rockbythesea.org)  The event on St. George Island is over 4 nights and 22 bands and singer/songwriters, including Steve Everett, Michael Tolcher, Tony Lucca, of Season 3 of the Voice, Paul Pfau of the Voice’s Season 8 and Team Pharrell. There will be a golf outing, an on-ine Silent Auction and Raffle, as well as a wine pull and other fundraising activities. People come from all over the country for this long weekend. For more information, go to www.rockbythesea.org or facebook.com/rockbythesea

Estuary Class - May 12, 2017

Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital to our economy and way of life?

Join the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on Friday, May 12th, 12:00-4:00pm to explore the estuary we depend on. Participants will learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected.  We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The workshop will be based at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328.  The class is $20.00. Please register in advance. For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us. Rain date is May 26th.

2017 Chickfest - May 13, 2017

Bowery Station, Apalachicola's home of great live music, is pleased to host Chickfest 2017.  Chickfest is a daylong event that features some of the regions most talented female performers as a tribute to their contributions to the live music scene along the Gulf Coast.  This year's event includes the Krickets, recent recipients of the IMEA Folk Artist of the Year award, along with the emerging talent, The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn, a dynamic trio that has recently been called upon to open for the Wood Brother's in Tallahassee.  Other top level female talent includes Cat Braaten, Ashley Feller, and Savanna Leigh Bassett to round out a diverse realm of musical styles and performances.  Come join us at Bowery Station for what is quickly becoming one of the best live music events of the year on the Forgotten Coast.

Kayaking 101 - May 13, 2017

Come and join us at St. George Island State Park for a beginner's guide to kayaking.  Staff and volunteers will be holding a Kayaking 101 program to learn basic paddling skills, learn about the park and will discover a few common plants, trees, and wildlife.  Registration is capped at 10, so contact us early to reserve your spot.  Kayaks will be available at the park or you may bring your own if you like.  All participants are required to wear a life jacket.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The training will last about 60 minutes and the on-water tour lasts about 1-2 hours, paddling a distance of approximately 2 miles. Program is free with your paid admission in to the park.

Reserve Wednesdays: Wildflowers - May 17, 2017

‘Reserve Wednesday’ Talks for the Spring of 2017
ANERR’s Reserve Wednesday’ talks are hosted on the third Wednesday of every month, from 2pm to 3pm at the ANERR Nature Center located at 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Call for more information: (850) 670-7700.
February 15: Florida’s Bears, Speaker: Kaitlin Goode, FWC
March 15: Seagrass Awareness, Speaker: Jon Brucker, Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserves
April 19: Tracking Fish Movement in Apalachicola Bay, Speaker: Chip Cotton, PhD, FSU Coastal and Marine Lab
May 17: Wildflowers, Speaker: Erik Lovestrand, Franklin County IFAS Extension