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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. 

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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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).

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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.

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

Showing in the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum Movie Theatre, Saturday at 1015 hours, April 25, 2015. Almost 40 minutes into Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” a soldier named Louis Zamperini needs desperately to fall back on advice he heard in church as a boy: “Do not fear the night.” The need to keep focused in the worst of times kicks in for us, too, because that’s when this extraordinary, hard-hitting film stars to put viewers through the wringer.


When you get through it, though, you can’t help but feel uplifted by this tough-skinned movie that can stand with the best muscular wartime dramas in the American movie canon. Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) — or Zam, as his pal Phil (Domhnall Gleeson) calls him — is a bombardier during WWII. He’s already escaped life as a roustabout youth in Torrance, Calif., by becoming a high-school runner. That led to fame as the fastest American in the 5,000-meter dash at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While on a rescue run over the Pacific in 1943, Zamperini’s plane has mechanical trouble and crashes into the ocean, killing the whole crew except for Louis, Phil and Mac (Finn Wittrock). They wind up adrift on a raft for 47 days, facing sharks, starvation and enemy fire, barely surviving on the few fish they catch with their bare hands and the drops of rain they catch in their mouths. Then the lost airmen are found — but by the Japanese. That begins more than two years of nightmares at POW camps and run-ins with a sadistic young commander named Watanabe (memorably played by the Japanese pop star Miyavi).


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.

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air - May 1, 2015 through May 11, 2015

Artists capture Florida's Forgotten Coast with brush and canvas during this 10 day event, May 1st-11th, 2015.

Celebrating 10 years of documenting the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic "Old Florida"', Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America's Great Paint-out is among the world's most prestigious plein air events. Focusing on artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art is the trademark of the 10-day event. The invitational features 21 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as, six featured "Florida's Finest en Plein Air" artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors, two Plein Air Portrait experts and the Plein Air Academy's Master Artist Faculty. Expanded exhibits, a Collectors' Forum, distinguished guest speakers, and surprises that will be fresh and new to the plein air community are all in the making! Book your reservations early for the best rates!

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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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FSU Marine Lab: Giving words - Forgotten Coast - May 2, 2015

Giving words to Our Forgotten Coast - A presentation by Mary Jane Ryals. May 2, 4-8pm., FSUCML Auditorium. A presentation by Mary Jane Ryals.

Both presentations will take place at the Florida State University Coastal Marine Lab Auditorium located at Turkey Point. 

SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - May 3, 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.

Carrabelle Artist Association Canvas & Cocktails - May 7, 2015

Carrabelle Artist Association presents Canvas & Cocktails Series on May 7 at the Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle. The event, each Thursday evening, is a fun informal way to unleash your creative side.   Bring your favorite beverage, possibly a snack, and relax.  Our talented team of instructors will guide you step by step through the featured painting.  Our classes are $25 for a 2 hour painting.

Camp Gordon Johnston Days - May 8, 2015 through May 9, 2015

The Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion Days were established to celebrate historic wartime Carrabelle and the service of our veterans from WWII to present. All veterans and their family, friends, and supporters are invited to Carrabelle from Friday, May 8, 2015 through Saturday, May 9, 2015.

On Friday, May 8th, registration will continue throughout the day. Boat excursions to Dog Island, where many practice beach landings were held during WWII training, will be provided by Towboats U.S. Passage for each participant will cost $25.00. There must be a minimum of three persons before the boat will leave. This is a sightseeing trip—we will not disembark on Dog Island. For reservations call: (850) 697-8909 or 697-3360. At 6 P.M., the Lanark American Legion Post 82, Camp Gordon Johnston, will host a southern seafood buffet. Legion members, WWII veterans and active duty troops only are invited to attend this event.

On Saturday, May 9th, all participants are invited to begin the day with breakfast at the Masonic Lodge, 108 NE First Street, in Carrabelle. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 A.M. at a cost of $6.00. Breakfast is free to active-duty troops and WWII veterans.

At approximately 10:45 A.M., on Highway 98 in Carrabelle, the parade will begin featuring WWII vehicles, tanks, and modern military equipment. Marching bands, active duty soldiers, civic groups, and re-enactors will participate in the parade festivities. This year the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, First Florida Chapter, will be bringing their restored vintage military vehicles to participate in the parade. Afterwards they will form up at the old Gulf State Bank location in Carrabelle to conduct their “swap” business. The public is cordially invited to attend this parade, paying tribute to veterans of all branches of service, from all past and current wartime and peacetime efforts. The public is also invited to come to the” Swap” location to view the vehicles, purchase souvenirs and talk to the participants. If you wish to register on-line to be in the parade, please: Click Here or call Sidney Winchester at: (850) 524-3927 or Mike Horvath at (850) 251-3928.

Saturday evening will feature a dinner and dance.

The CGJ Museum will be open for visitors on Thursday 1200–1600 hours, Friday 0900–1600 and Saturday 0900–1500 hours. The Museum is closed Sundays.

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Rock By The Sea - May 14, 2015 through May 17, 2015

Make plans to joins us in St. George Island for Rock By The Sea May 14-17, 2015. Get Weekend Music Passes or Register for Golf Tournament Here.

Rock by the Sea, Inc is dedicated to organizing music festivals and events where we raise money to assist deserving charities who provide direct services to those in need. Every Rock by the Sea event is an intimate showcase of music designed to bring people together for the love of music and the common goal of helping these charities.

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Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam - May 15, 2015 through May 17, 2015

Paddle Jam is a festival celebrating the Forgotten Coast through paddle sports, music & food.  Paddle Jam is a “fluid festival” with events happening at various locations in Apalachicola and St. George Island.  If you love2paddle we invite you to join with us and paddle2love as we help those in need!

During Paddle Jam we will attempt to set a new Guinness Book World Record for the largest floating gathering of kayaks.
On Saturday May 16th, 2015 we attempt to set a World Record on the Apalachicola River aiming to involve "raft up" over 3500+ kayaks. The current Guinness World Record was set  by One Square Mile of Hope (USA) in Inlet, New York, USA, on September 13, 2014 when 3150 kayaks and canoes rafted up together. The event will take place at the confluence of the Apalachicola River and the Apalachicola Bay (1 mile from the Apalachicola High Bridge)  Put-in locations will be spaced out at public landing and private marinas along the Apalachicola River.  Kayaks will gather and be linked by boaters arm in arm or paddle to paddle and assembled for 30 seconds. Proceeds from the "kayak raft" event will go to helping “at risk” children, youth and families in need through the Outreach Ministries of the ASGI Cooperative Parish.

Paddle Jam will also showcase live local music and local food.  You can also visit the various Festival information booths or local museums and parks.  Stroll the historic district or  shop with the local vendors.  Paddle Jam offers something for everyone and is for people who are passionate about life on the Forgotten Coast.

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FSU Marine Lab: Florida's Coastal Islands - May 15, 2015

May 15, 7pm. Author Susan Cerulean will share stories and images from her new book, Coming to Pass. The Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change.

IN Concert: Franklin County School Band - May 17, 2015

Franklin County School Band's Concert in the Park – Karl Lester, Conductor - begins at 4pm.

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Reserve Wednesday Lecture - May 20, 2015

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve announces a new monthly natural history lecture series, “Reserve Wednesdays,” that explores the ecology, geology and natural history of the Florida Panhandle.  Free lectures will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. at the Apalachicola Research Reserve Nature Center in Eastpoint.

Red Snapper Tournament - May 23, 2015 through May 24, 2015

The first Red Snapper Tournament of the year. Fish the tournament on the first two days of opening season for red snapper. $5,000 Guaranteed Payout. 

4th Saturday Paddle - May 23, 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.

SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - June 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.

SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - June 2, 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.