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Events and Activities for Alligator Point and Franklin County Florida


Coastal Art Showcase - March 6, 2015 through April 25, 2015

Rio Carrabelle and the Carrabelle Artists Association are proud to invite you to this year's Coastal Art Showcase. The event kicks off with a Meet and Greet the Artists on Friday, March 6th, from 6 to 8 PM. Contributing artists will be on hand to discuss their artwork, and at times giving demonstrations, throughout the first weekend of the opening!!

From March 6th through April 26th Member's art will be continuously featured in the Gallery from 1 to 5pm on Fridays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. 

Movie Showing at Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum - March 28, 2015

“Fury” will be shown in the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum movie theatre on Saturday March 28, 2015. Rated R (for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images and language throughout). No one under the age of eighteen allowed.

In April 1945, the Allies are making their final push in the European theater. A battle-hardened Army sergeant named Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt), leading a Sherman tank and a five-man crew, undertakes a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Hopelessly outnumbered, outgunned and saddled with an inexperienced soldier (Logan Lerman) in their midst, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds as they move to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Movie begins at 10:15 on Saturday morning. Free popcorn will be served. Admission by donation and is appreciated!

This film is in a series shown monthly to educate our visitors of the sacrifices made, for us, by our WWII generation.

4th Saturday Paddle - March 28, 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.

Archaeology Day - March 28, 2015

The public is invited to learn about archaeology in Florida on Sat., March 28, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center in Eastpoint. Archeology Day participants will learn about the science behind archaeology andview local fossils and historic tools and pottery from the Apalachicola Bay area.

Renowned archaeologist Dr. Nancy White will speak about the prehistoric and early residents of the Apalachicola valley at 10:30 a.m. Dr. White, with the University of South Florida, has spent twenty years researching early residents of Franklin County including the Pierce Mounds, now in the Smithsonian collections.

“Archaeology Day is a great opportunity for guests to meet Reserve staff and archaeologists from the Florida Public Archaeology Network,” said Jennifer Harper. “Guests will learn about the archaeological evidence that indicates that Apalachicola was occupied for over 2,000 years until just prior to the 16th century and the many ways that the area was considered a center for culture and commerce.

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) will be onsite from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring artifacts they wish to be identified, as well as learn more about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

This event is free and registration is not required. For more information, please call the Apalachicola National Research Reserve at 850-670-7700.

Sarah Mac Band - March 28, 2015

The House Band, back for their 5th Season, need we say more...we love them so best and feel fortunate they are still with us. www.sarahmacband.com

Rio Carrabelle presents Brandon Robertson & Avis - March 28, 2015

March 28Brandon Robertson BIG BAND – Swing Tunes and Vocalist Avis Berry -- $10 cover. Pizza appetizers from Mama Joe's. BYOB.

Rattlesnake Lecture - April 2, 2015

APALACHICOLA RESERVE OFFERS LECTURE ON RATTLESNAKES

~Learn about island populations of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake on Cape St George~

Apalachicola National Research Reserve is offering an hour-long lecture about the local rattlesnake population on Thursday, April 2, at the Apalachicola Research Reserve Nature Center in Eastpoint. Mark Margres from Florida State University will discuss the ecology, evolution, and conservation of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake including the genetic basis of adaptation in snake venoms, particularly among island populations including Little St. George Island.

Mark Margres is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University.  Mark's dissertation research focuses on understanding the genetic basis of adaptation in snake venoms, particularly among island populations of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake.  Mark has recently begun focusing on the interactions between rattlesnakes and their rodent prey on Little St. George Island.  His talk about the population venomics of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) identifies selection-driven incipient speciation and will discuss the ecology, evolution, and conservation of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, a species currently up for listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

This lecture is free and registration is not required. For more information contact Gibby Conrad, 850-670-7702 or email Gibby.Conrad@dep.state.fl.us.

Help Bag Oysters! - April 3, 2015

Come help the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR)   fill mesh bags with oyster shells on the morning of Friday, April 3rd, 2015, from 9:00am-12:00pm at Scipio Creek Commercial Marina in Apalachicola. The bagged shells will be used to build a breakwater that will protect the shoreline of Cape (Little) St. George Island. The oyster breakwater will help dissipate wave action that erodes the shoreline.  ANERR will also plant a living shoreline to reestablish a vegetative buffer on the shoreline. Living Shorelines provide shoreline stabilization using a combination of coastal native vegetation for sediment stabilization and breakwaters constructed of oyster shells, limestone rock, or other structures conducive to the natural environment.

The historic Marshall House is located on Cape St. George. Years of wave action have eroded the shore which makes the historic structure vulnerable to storms. To help ensure the structure is protected, ANERR will build the breakwater and reestablish a living shoreline on the bayside of the island

ANERR has written a grant to help preserve the historic Marshall House. Cape St. George Island, or Little St. George Island as it is known locally, is rich in history. The island was privately purchased in the 1890’s, except for the six acres owned by the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment, which included the lighthouse and two dwellings.  Edward Gibbs Porter served as the lighthouse keeper for Cape Saint George Lighthouse until 1913. The Marshall House is an early 1900’s Florida homestead that was constructed by Herbert Marshall for his family and wife, Pearl Porter Marshall, who bears a direct connection to the island as the former lighthouse keeper’s daughter. ANERR has applied for a Special Category Historical Preservation Grant to repair and restore the house back to its original state. Upon completion, this historic site will be used as a living museum. Visitors will be encouraged to take tours through the Reserve to experience how life once was on this Florida homestead. In addition, visitors will learn about the history of the island, the lighthouse, and the early historic people that once occupied the island.

Please wear closed toed shoes, bring sunscreen, a hat, and a bottle or cup to drink from.  ANERR will provide the gloves, shovels, and water. We will be assembling the bags at Scipio Creek Commercial Marina at the north end of Market Street. For more informationKim Wren, 850-670-7718, email Kim.Wren@dep.state.fl.us

WHAT:      Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve   

WHEN:     Friday, April 3, 2015   9:00-12:00 pm est,

Place:      Apalachicola Scipio Creek Commercial Marina at the north end of Market Street,  

     Florida

Free Fishing Days - April 4, 2015 through April 5, 2015

Free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for parents who don't yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

All other rules (e.g., seasons, bag and size limits) apply. 

License-free freshwater days for 2015 and beyond

  • First Saturday and Sunday in April
  • Second Saturday and Sunday in June

License-free saltwater days for 2015 and beyond

  • First Saturday and Sunday in June
  • First Saturday in September
  • Saturday following Thanksgiving

The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g., crabbing, lobstering, scalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required on these days.

SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - April 4, 2015

The April Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015.  The Sunset/Full Moon Climb will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will include 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.

The sun will set at 8:00 p.m. and the “Pink” moon will rise at 8:22 p.m. on April 4.  This moon is named after the flower “grass pink” or ‘wild ground phlox,” which is one of the first and most widespread flowers to bloom in the spring.

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. 

The Cape St. George Light is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island, where Island Drive (the road off the bridge) ends at Gulf Beach Drive.  Parking is available in lots at either side of the park.

Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

Panhandle Players Present Duck Hunter Shoots Angel - April 10, 2015 through April 11, 2015

Panhandle Players present Duck Hunter Shoots Angel Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15.

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel is the story of two bumbling Alabama duck-hunting brothers who think they accidentally shot down an angel.  Hailed by audiences as a comedy with a heartfelt message, the play follows the intersecting paths of the two guilt-ridden duck hunters (Royce Rolstad, III and Robbie Johnson), a depressed tabloid journalist (Henry Kozlowsky), his reluctant photographer (Don Denig), their crazed boss (Bob Ingugiato), a shopgirl at a local Gasmart (Jeana Crozier), a half-man/half-alligator (Rodney Reeves), and a ghost (Bobbi Seward). The themes of redemption, race, media and north vs, south are all explored in hilarious fashion, and the play features a surprise ending that playgoers don’t see coming.

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Lighthouse Day - April 11, 2015

Franklin County lighthouses are front and center this month as the State celebrates Florida Lighthouse Day on Saturday, April 11. In honor of Florida Lighthouse Day, there will be no charge to climb the Cape St. George Light. The Crooked River Lighthouse at Carrabelle will offer free climbs for children and a reception.

Reserve Wednesday Lecture - April 15, 2015

Join us on Wednesday, April 15, 2:00-3:00pm, Alan Kneidel will lecture on "The Influence of Coastal Weather Patterns on the Use of a Florida Barrier Island by Trans-Gulf Migrants.” For the past two springs, a team of NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) researchers from Delaware State University have been studying the migrant songbird community on St. George Island. One of the goals of this study has been to determine whether local weather patterns are associated with the magnitude, temporal variability, and physical condition of migrants using the island as a migratory stopover site. This presentation will focus on the results of this study, while providing context for determining the ecological importance of this vulnerable coastal habitat to the annual cycle of migratory songbirds.

This lecture is free and registration is not required. For more information contact Megan Lamb 850-670- 7709, email Megan.Lamb@dep.state.fl.us

Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show - April 18, 2015

All types of antique boats, classic examples of traditional vessels, work boats, fiberglass classics, antique outboard motor displays, antique cars, boat building demonstrations and more! Call (850) 653-9419  or visit www.antiqueboatshow.org.

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Spring Ghostwalk - April 18, 2015

Stay in Apalachicola after the boat show Saturday, April 18 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 6-8 pm (ET).

Carrabelle Riverfront Festival - April 24, 2015 through April 25, 2015

The Pirates of the Carrabellean Riverfront Festival is held on the 4th weekend in April on Marine Street along the riverfront. Arts and Crafts,Seafood, Pet Parade, Live Music, Maritime Exhibits, Fishy Fashion Show, Food Booths, and Kids Zone.

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4th Saturday Paddle - April 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.

FSU Marine Lab Open House - April 25, 2015

The FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory will hold its next Open House Event on April 25, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm. It only happens every other year, so mark your calendars! 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!

Highlights include:

Learn - See - Explore

Did you know that the sawfish is the only native marine fish on the U.S. endangered species list? Do you know the best way to clean up an oil spill? Have you ever raced a snail, climbed through a turtle excluder device, or seen how a blue crab molts? You will see and learn about these things at the FSUCML Open House.

You can also:

  • Tour the R/V Apalachee, our 65-ft research vessel
  • Check out the Shark Jaw Display
  • Discover everything you want to know about Deep Sea Corals
  • Chat with scientists about grouper habitat and conservation
  • Hunt for hints about protecting our oceans and coastline in the Scavenger Hunt
  • Try picking up goodies with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

Gather your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and associates, and take a beautiful drive down to the coast for a day of fun! 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! Can't wait to see you again!

For more information about the Open House, please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Tory Walker at twalker3@fsu.edu (850-697-3887).

Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour - May 1, 2015 through May 2, 2015

From the canopied Shadow Lane neighborhood to the long vistas of the avenues in the historic district and the charming side streets that sequester special treasures, Apalachicola has some very exceptional treats in store for its spring tour of homes.  The many renovations and restorations currently underway among the city's residences and businesses attest to community as well as personal pride.  This year the houses run the gamut from imposing two-story homes to quaint cottages of yesteryear and new construction.

The featured house for the 2015 tour is the home of Anne and Clint Eason.  One of the most stately homes on Ave. C this Queen Anne-style home, constructed of local pine and black cypress, dates back to 1892.  Interestingly, it was erected on the site of the former county jail.  Built by local merchant Rudolph Collins, the house later became known as the Lovett house for the many decades that this large family shared these living quarters.  Anne Eason comments that “This is the Collins/ Lovett house.  We are blessed to be custodians. Nurturing feelings envelop us here.”  In the year 2000, the house was fully restored by local contractor, Bill Barnes, for former owner, Beverly Austin.  The following year it was honored with the Florida State Chrysalis Award for Historic Preservation.  There are many wonderful architectural details in the home including the original gingerbread, doors, fireplaces and windows.  The kitchen and a room upstairs have been added, yet the integrity of the original home has been maintained.  The house is enhanced by the Eason's comfortable and inviting decor and their use of a mixture of antiques and contemporary and custom-built pieces.  Art work abounds from whimsical paintings and sculpture to spectacular woodcarvings and pottery by Anne Eason herself.  The stylish chicken coop in the back garden houses a variety of exotic poultry.  Visitors to the house will find much to delight them in this home. 

Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church will be held on Friday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. This service provides the traditional opening for the home tour.  It will be followed by a reception to which all are invited. Homes will be open only on Saturday, May 2, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Pre-sale tickets will be available at $20 until the day of the event.  On Saturday, May 2, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. at $25 per ticket. A gourmet lunch will be served at Benedict Hall on the grounds of Trinity Church from 11:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. during the tour. In addition, a silent auction, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., will be a part of Saturday’s festivities.

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.

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