Events and Activities for Alligator Point and Franklin County Florida
Peter and Licia Berry, classically-trained artists from Georgia State University combine classical art training with 3-dimensional digital technology to create a blend of handmade and digital works. The couple will be exhibiting their works, demonstrating techniques in workshops and providing lectures in Apalachicola from March 1 through March 6. An exhibit of their works will run from March 1 through March 25 at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art in downtown Apalachicola.
The Carrabelle Culture Crawl is a celebration of art, music, history, and fun in downtown Carrabelle on Saturday, March 25, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. This cultural event is a free, multi-venue showcase of art, music and history in the heart of downtown Carrabelle. All activities take place at a variety of galleries, museums and spaces and are FREE and open to the public.
Be on the lookout for the Oysterman and some of our favorite characters from the Fishy Fashion Show representing the spirit of Carrabelle at various locations in the downtown area. We will also have artists sketching, drawing and creating art at several places downtown during the event. There will be music happening during the Culture Crawl as well as well as throughout the weekend.
Guests may start at any of the participating locations and visit as many of the sites as time allows. At each official stop, they will receive a mark on their Crawl map. If they visit enough official stops, they will qualify for wonderful door prizes from local shops and restaurants. Complimentary refreshments will be available at many of the locations. Maps will be provided showing the locations of the official stops plus a list of other locations of interest.
Fourteen wonderful locations have agreed to participate so far and it is still growing! Be sure to check the Facebook event for updates - https://www.facebook.com/events/1635465786758873/
1) Carrabelle History Museum
2) Lost Treasure Gallery
3) Rio Carrabelle / CAA
4) Cal Allen’s Coastal Art Gallery & Studio
5) Carrabelle Junction
6) Christie’s Cottage Living
7) Fathom's Steam Room & Raw Bar
8) Shop by the Sea
9) Marine Street Grill
10) Old Carrabelle Hotel
11) Carrabelle Corner
12) Seacrafter's Emporium
13) Trader’s Antiques
14) Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce
This event is being presented in partnership with Carrabelle Cares, Carrabelle History Museum and the Carrabelle Artist Association (CAA). Funding in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. Sponsors include Christie’s Cottage Living, Capstone Consulting, Old Carrabelle Hotel, Trader’s Antiques, Carrabelle Corner, Seacrafter’s Emporium, and Shop by the Sea. For more information or to find out how to become a participating venue, contact Tamara Allen at the Carrabelle History Museum by phone at 850-697-2141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carrabelle Artist Association (CAA) will present the Coastal Art Showcase, featuring new original artwork by well known local artists and new emerging artists. Works may include oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, photography, pottery and more. Many of these original works of art will be available for purchase.
The CAA will provide demonstrations and workshops throughout the showcase along with opportunities to view artists at work.
The Coastal Art Showcase will be held at the Rio Carrabelle, 102 St. James Ave (Hwy. 98) in Carrabelle from March 25, 2007 through April 22, 2017. Gallery hours will be Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5 (closed Easter).
This local favorite is held the second and fourth Saturday of each month at the Mill Pond Pavillion at the Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola. Features seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads, pies, and other regional specialties offered from 9 am-1pm.
There will be a Spring Fling Dance at the Lanark Village Chillas Hall on Saturday, March 25 from 7:30 pm until. The event will feature "Greg & Krewe" DJ. Bring a friend and your favorite finger food for all to enjoy. BOB. Donation $6 each person. Chillas Hall, Lanark Village, FL .
March 25 – TONY PARTINGTON, vocalist, & Rio Carrabelle Quartet. Music by Cole Porter, Jimmy Van Heusen, Kurt Weill, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Carlos Santana - Show @ 8PM – Admission $15 BYOB
THE ILSE NEWELL FUND FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS INCONCERT SERIES 2016-17 presents Bay Area Choral Society's Spring Performance beginning at 4pm.
An off-trail bush whack hike to a savanna to see what's flowering. We will look for Godfrey's Butterwort (Pinguicula ionantha), a federally threatened carnivorous plant that flowers in the early Spring. $22 fee. 10 am - 3 pm. Led by Instructor, Lesley Cox, Owner Les Hassel Excursions, Certified Green Guide, Florida Master Naturalist, Florida Master Wildlife Conservationist. For more information and to register: http://tinyurl.com/zewudl7
The Apalachicola Area Historical Society (AASH) presents "Murder and Mayhem in Franklin County" lecture series on Thursday, March 30, 2017 beginning at 5:30 PM with presenter Dr. Lois Swoboda.
On Sunday, September 26, 1985 Ilse Newell was found dead in the yard of her Magnolia Bluff home. What happened to Ilse Newell? Historical research addresses the circumstances of her untimely death. This is the third installment of the ever-popular series entitled Murder and Mayhem in Franklin County.
Meet International Photographer Joan Lea Miller at her One Woman show: "Vanishing Tribes and Culture in Ethiopia's Omo Valley", Friday , March 31, 5:30-7:00 pm. Opening night party with complimentary wine and treats. She will also be giving a slide presentation (details to be announced). Joan's photography will be on display at the gallery through April 29.
Vanishing tribes and Culture in Ethiopia's Omo Valley
Photos of an exotic forgotten tribe from Africa. Meet and hear first hand about this exotic experience with these fantastic creative natives fully adorned with face and body paint and the most interesting examples of local flora and fauna. Catch a glimpse of these vanishing tribes people before their heritage is lost forever.
Art in all forms will be woven in and around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing, selling, and demonstrating their talents from 11:00-6:00 pm. The festivities continue into the evening with a wine tasting at 3:00 pm. Afterwards area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants pared with special wines.
PEARLS: Preserving and Embracing Apalachicola's Rich Legacy of Shotguns
A showcase of Apalachicola's shotgun and other historic houses to raise awareness of their history, simple beauty and usefulness for the creation of affordable housing. throughout the month of April 2017. All events are free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 1: Opening Party (6-8PM)
Center for History, Culture & Arts, 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) & Celebration (5PM)
Holy Family Senior Center, 7th Street and Avenue L
Enjoy a historic exhibit of rare old photographs of Holy Family School and the African-American Hill community, followed by music and dance performances.
Tuesday, April 4: Meet & Greet Artist Karen Hitt
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 History, Culture and Art Center. Bring your own supplies (scholarships available).
Saturday, April 8: Save Our Shotguns: A Symposium (9AM-4PM)
History, Culture and Art Center
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 Poetry (6:30PM)
Saturday, April 22: Painting Workshops with Folk Artist Ernest Lee (1-3PM)
History, Culture and Art Center
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 History, Culture and Art Center.
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)
Apalachicola Historical Society, at the Raney House, Market Street and Avenue F
A cinematic oral history 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)
Venue to be announced
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)
Saturday, April 29: Closing Party (6-8PM)
History, Culture and Art Center
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.
1:00 pm - 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 April 19th. Please register for class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at (850) 670-7743 or send an email to email@example.com or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.
Most organisms on Earth have neither eyes nor ears and so must decide to run from, eat, or mate with things nearby based on chemical cues. Dr. Mark Hay (Georgia Tech) will discuss how understanding, translating, and using this chemical cross-talk among marine species can provide new and powerful options for curing degradation in marine systems. Coral reefs will be used as an example, but similar interactions probably occur in all communities. 7 pm - 8 pm. Light refreshments will be provided prior to talk.
The Panhandle Players of the Forgotten Coast is offering its third production of their 2016-2017 Season with performances of 12 Incompetent Jurors by Ian McWethy, to be held Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, April 9, at 3:00 pm, at the historic Chapman Auditorium in Apalachicola.
Directed by Judy Loftus, 12 Incompetent Jurors is a comedy, a hilarious spoof on the classic 12 Angry Men. When a man is accused of abducting half a dozen cats, it's an open-and-shut case, even for a jury that's filled with odd balls like a dim-witted PR guy, a bickering couple, and a man obsessed with french fries. After all, every scrap of evidence indicts the accused who is obviously very, very guilty of stealing cats. Case closed. And yet, Juror #8, a wannabe lawyer, believes that the "Cat Burglar" is innocent. Will he be able to sway the other jurors, or will they side with Juror #3, the only sane man in the room?
Tickets are $15, and may be purchased online at panhandleplayers.com, click on "Tickets," or https://panhandle-players.ticketleap.com, or at the door.
Saturday, April 8th, 2017, from 1:00-3:30 pm
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting a Bay Friendly Landscaping workshop on Saturday, April 8th, 2017, from 1:00-3:30 pm. Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants 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. The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328 The class is free. Please register for the class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at (850) 670-7743 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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, April 14th, 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 Emily Jackson at (850) 670-7743 or send an email to email@example.com or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us. Rain date is April 28th.
Antique & Classic Boats & Cars, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display on from until 4:00 pm. Studebakers, Model A’s, T’s, Chevys and more. plus a large display of antique outboard engines.
Boat building demonstration throughout the day by local boat builders
The Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe, a hand built 50-foot long vessel used between 1750-1850, recovered from the Apalachicola River will be on display at the Cotton Warehouse
Kids model boat building and art activities
Tours of the waterfront
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will have free information on safe boating.
The Dept of Environmental Protection will be on hand to give out information on the Clean Boating Program.
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have a booth on area flora and fauna.
The Apalachicola RiverKeeper will have information on the special qualities of our unique pristine river and bay system
Arts and Crafts, Vendors
‘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
The Carrabelle Riverfront Festival is a fabulous street festival with colorful arts & craft vendors; educational folk life demonstrations , including the mysterious Legend of Tate's Hell; wonderful maritime exhibits and activities, like the interactive touch tanks from the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab; unique children’s activities like the Pirates of the Carrabellean, Children's Pirate Academy; delicious local seafood vendors and traditional fair foods; festive knee-slapping, boot-stomping music; and amazing live entertainment – like the now famous Fishy Fashion Show, the Parade of the Species, and the Pet Fashion Pageant. Admission to this family friendly and pet friendly event is FREE and open to the public.
Also be sure to join two partner events on Saturday - the Franklin Senior Center’s Legend of Tate’s Hell 5K run and the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce’s Forgotten Coast Cruisers Vintage Car Show, which has already doubled in size and is still growing.
Be sure to check for exciting announcements and surprises at the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival Facebook Event and on our webpage, www.carrabelleriverfrontfestival.com.