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Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour
May 6, 2016 to May 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (ET)

A reverence for the past and a vision for the future are combined in the 24th Annual “Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour.” A flurry of recent building activity in Apalachicola is reflected in the homes on this year's tour. From historic preservation and restoration to home renovation and new construction, this year's tour features outstanding examples of the building boom for your pleasure and inspiration. The gardens pay homage to the area's temperate climate and the horticultural and creative talents of the homeowners.

Chairperson, Ginger Madewell, announced today that plans are underway for the 24th 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 6 – May 7, 2016.

The featured house for the 2016 tour, “Villa Rosa” is the home of Michaelin and Dave Watts. Built by George and John Marshall for The Mohr family, circa 1895, this Queen Anne Victorian home graces the east end of historic Lafayette Park, commanding a view of the park and the bay. The Watts revived the name Villa Rosa, the name given in the 1920's by owner Anna Riscilli who operated a small cigar factory on the property. In the late 1930's Villa Rosa became the home of illustrator and author Alexander Key and wife Margaret. The house stood for years - dark, vacant, and overrun with vines - fueling stories of old-timers that the house was indeed haunted. The Watts rose to the restoration challenge after purchasing it in early 2014. The house has been successfully transformed into a cheerful, sunny and welcoming home through the efforts of the Watts and the work of gifted local artisans. Through months of focused labor, the interior cypress walls and heart pine floors have been restored to their original glory. Filled with antique furnishings that primarily span the Victorian, Craftsman and Art Deco periods, the house speaks of its history as a "home through the ages." Splendid window treatments of velvet, Scottish lace and embroidered silk complement the original large windows framing the views of the beautifully landscaped property. An antique antler chandelier in a cozy library evokes the feel of Teddy Roosevelt's library. The walls of Villa Rosa provide a perfect backdrop for the paintings and handwork of a great number of local and plein air artists and artisans as well as artists from Michaelin's family.

Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church, the traditional opening for the home tour, will be held on Friday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. It will be followed by a reception to which all are invited. Homes will be open only on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be available at $25 until
the day of the event. On Saturday, May 2, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. at $30 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. A silent auction, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., will be a part of Saturday’s festivities, as well.

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.

Forgotten Coast Plein Air
May 6, 2016 to June 14, 2016 1:00 PM (ET)
Franklin & Gulf County

More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists along with several hundred art enthusiasts will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast soon to participate in the 11th annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 6-15, 2016. The event will include several exhibit venues stretching from Carrabelle more than 100 miles west along the coast to Mexico Beach. The 10 day event features daily artist demonstrations, workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. Art enthusiasts  can visit the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day event.

Now in the 11th year of documenting the landscape and culture of the 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. Artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art continues to be the trademark of the 10-day festival. As the event moves into its second decade, organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional.

May of 2016 will focus on the the natural environment with an emphasis on highlighting land conservation, habitat restoration and environmental stewardship. In 2017, the event will feature the region’s rich culture and heritage, focusing on human capacity and storytelling through plein air painting. And the third segment in 2018 will celebrate the built environment. This human-made space in which people live, work, and recreate will showcase architecture, streetscapes, working waterfronts, and historic sites. While each year will have a programmatic focus for the purpose of examination in the series of lectures, presentations and discussions, the collectors can be ensured that the paintings will be a superb mix of subject matter and styles.

The invitational features 21 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as, six "Florida's Finest en Plein Air" artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors, 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! 

Artist of Apalachicola Area 3rd Annual Exhibition
May 6, 2016 to June 29, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)

3rd Annual AAA Members Exhibition
May 6 thru 29
at Apalachicola Museum of Art, 95 5th Street.

FWMA Golf Gone Wild
May 7, 2016 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)


St. James Bay Golf Resort in Carrabelle, FL will host Golf Gone Wild, the 5th annual golf tournament and silent auction to benefit Florida Wild Mammal Association. Beautiful St James Bay Golf Resort, an Audubon sanctioned golf course and a pleasure to play, is located at 151 Laughing Gull Lane, Carrabelle, FL 32322. In addition to golf, there will be speakers, animal encounters and delicious food to enjoy, so there’s something for everyone!

With no government funding and providing care to our wildlife patients free of charge, fundraisers such as Golf Gone Wild are vital to keeping our doors open. We hope you’ll come out and join us for a fun day to support a great cause!

There will be 4-player teams with a $100 entry per person that includes: golf, cart, range, lunch at the Crooked River Grill, and CASH prizes to the winners. You can find more information at To register, please call golf pro Rob Burlison at 850-697-9606 or email him at

Golf Gone Wild Speakers

12:00-Terry Peacock of St Marks National Wildlife Refuge will be speaking on Whooping Cranes. This presentation will be on history of the Whooping Crane program at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and an update on program changes.

1:00 Thomas Darragh of St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Photo Club will be giving a presentation on Wild Flower and Macro Photography. He will be going over some of the high points and answering questions.


Come and join us at the silent auction that features many great items from local artist, restaurants, hotels, and services. Get some great deals while supporting a good cause! Auction will be open at 9 am and the last tables close at 4:00pm.

Event Schedule

8:30 a.m. Range Opens

8:30 a.m. Registration (Don’t forget your mulligans!)

9:00 a.m. Silent Auction opens-come and bid on some exquisite items.

9-11 a.m. Meet our animal ambassadors at animal encounters

9:45 a.m. Players meeting for announcements Shotgun Start for a great day of golf!

12 -1. Join speaker Terry Peacock of St. Marks National Refuge for a presentation on Whooping Cranes.

1-2 p.m. Join Thomas Darragh of St Marks Refuge Photo Club on a presentation on Wildflower Photography.

2:30 -3 p.m. Buffet lunch at the splendid Crooked River Grill

3 p.m. Scoring and Awards Ceremony

4:00 p.m. Silent Auction closes- Hope you win some of those great items you bid on.

If you would like to become a sponsor or donate an item to the silent auction please contact Chris at Thanks again for your support!

May 7, 2016 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)

Come join us for the first Ghost Walk in 2016. There will be characters dressed in period clothing representing locals from our past buried at the Chestnut Cemetery. Price is $10.00 at the front entrance of the cemetery the night of the event. AAHS members renewing or joining the night of the event will get in free.

INCONCERT: Concert in the Park - Seahawk Concert
May 15, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts presents a "Concert in the Park" with the Franklin County School's Seahawk Concert Band

Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam
May 20, 2016 to May 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park, Apalachicola

Grab your kayak and head to the coast May 20-22 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 Guinness world record. The three-day Forgotten Coast PaddleJam event is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club. The Guinness 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.

Weems Memorial Healthcare Foundation 6th Annual Butts & Clucks Cook-off by the Bay
May 21, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Battery Park ,Apalachicola

The 6th Annual Weems memorial Healthcare Foundation Butts & Clucks Cook-off By The Bay will be held in conjunction with the Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam. 

Are you a good home cook or a professional Chef? Do people tell you all the time your food is so good it should win an award? Or do you just want to get some redemption from the Rib Cookoff? Well here is your chance. The Butts & Clucks Cook-off is what it says it is Chicken and Pork cooking contest. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in both categories , People Choice and a Grand Champion. Go to The Weems Memorial Healthcare Foundation website to download a application.

All Proceeds Benefit the Weems Healthcare Foundation a 501 c 3 Non-profit

Full Moon Climb St. George Island
May 21, 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Climb to the top of the lighthouse to see spectacular views of the sunset and full moon.  Light refreshments are served.  Admission charge.  Contact Gift Shop at 850-927-7745 for reservations.

FSUCML: Exploring Nature: Evening at the Edge of the Sea
May 21, 2016 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM (ET)

The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab will host a series of courses this summer entitled “Exploring Nature: Evening at the Edge of the Sea.” The courses, scheduled to begin Saturday, May 21, are designed to educate and inspire through a hands-on experience with the area’s shores and shallows.

This course is designed to educate and inspire you through a hands-on experience with the strange and wonderful sea life along our pristine shores and shallows. We begin with a brief, illustrated overview of the general ecology of this part of the Gulf of Mexico, spotlighting its more intriguing habitats and organisms. After a short, guided walking tour of the Lab, we will meet some of the local marine denizens in our seawater touch-tanks. From there, we don wading shoes and walk the exposed tidal sands where an array of fascinating creatures can be seen. The evening ends in the auditorium for some Q & A, visiting and refreshments.

Registration closes one week before the class, or until full. Price: $ 40 adult, $ 30 student.

The class schedule is as follows:

Sat. May 21
Fri. June 3
Sat. June 18
Sat. July 2
Sun. July 17
Sat. July 30
Wed. August 17
Sat. August 27

The summer course instructor is Dr. Heidi Geisz. Dr. Geisz, (FSUCML adjunct faculty) gravitated to the coast from Colorado 20 years ago. Although most of her experience is in the Antarctic marine ecosystem, studying at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science allowed her to explore the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean coasts. Following a fellowship in the House Natural Resources Committee, her most recent interests include marine science policy and education.

Apalachicola Gallery Crawl
June 4, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Join us for an evening of art, music and light refreshments in historic downtown Apalachicola. Saturday, June 4 from 6 pm - 9 pm.

16th Annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament
June 11, 2016 5:59 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)

Charles and Rex Pennycuff will host their 16th annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament on June 11th. Kids 16 and under will fish for fresh and saltwater species. Each entry receives a t-shirt, and after the tournament, entrees are invited to attend a cookout at Fisherman's Choice in Eastpoint. Entry is free and generally about 200 kids sign up. 

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Bass Tournament
June 11, 2016 to June 12, 2016 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)

Inaugural Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Bass Tournament, this is a two day event with weigh-ins on both Saturday and Sunday. $60 per boat entry fee, boats can have up to two persons fishing. Cash Prizes going to the top three total weights. There will be a Big Bass Pot on each day. Check back for further updates and registration forms.

Downtown Apalachicola Independence Eve Celebration
July 3, 2016 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM (ET)

If you just can’t wait for July 4th, join the thousands of people who come from near and far to celebrate our Independence, a little ahead of everyone else in America, on Independence Eve! Riverfront Park, on Water Street in downtown Apalachicola, is the place to be! For the fifth year in a row, the community is combining its resources for a July 3 spectacular, culminating in a stunning fireworks display over the Apalachicola River. Enjoy food, beverages, great live music, a parade, free ice cream, veterans tribute, the national anthem, face painting, and other activities. More details to be announced soon!

19th Annual St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run
August 6, 2016 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)

aturday, August 6, 2016 - The St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run is an annual event sponsored by the Tate's Hell Track Club. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. 2016 will be our 19th year. After the race, enjoy a Post Race Party with fresh seafood & beverages at St. George Lighthouse Park with live music by Debi Jordan. On-site registration & packet pickup begins at 4:00pm at St. George Lighthouse Park. The One Mile Fun Run begins at 6:30pm and the 5K Race begins at 7:00pm. Post Race Party and awards at St. George Lighthouse Park at 7:30pm. Discounts for military personnel and school cross country teams.  For more info and pre-registration information visit:   Phone: 850-509-2191

Florida Seafood Festival
November 4, 2016 to November 5, 2016
Apalachicola, Florida

Come celebrate the 53rd year of the Florida Seafood Festival, Florida's oldest maritime festival. This two-day celebration offers the best in fresh quality seafood that annually draws thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola.  The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola river under the shady oaks of Apalachicola's Battery Park. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events and musical entertainment.  Some of the notable events include Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, Blue Crab Races, a downtown Parade, 5k Redfish Run and the Blessing of the Fleet.