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SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb
June 2, 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

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.


Turtle Talk
June 3, 2015 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM (ET)

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelyscoriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328


Fishermans Choice 16th Annual Kids Fishing Tournament
June 6, 2015
Fishermans Choice Eastpoint Fl

Charles and Rex Pennycuff are hosting their 16th annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6th. 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 where they will weigh in their fish, eat hot dogs and hamburgers and get some great prizes. In years past, Rex says they gave away 170 rods and reels, tackle boxes and a dozen cast nets. Prizes are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, and include all major fish species. Entry is free and generally about 200 kids sign up. Call Fisherman's Choice for more information at (850) 670-8808.


Free Fishing Days
June 6, 2015 to June 7, 2015 12:00 AM (ET)

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., crabbinglobsteringscalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required on these days.


Turtle Talk
June 10, 2015 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM (ET)

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelyscoriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328


St. George Island Mullet Toss
June 13, 2015

This annual fun event will take place June 13 from 10 a.m till 5 p.m on the beach in front of Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe on St. George Island. This Mullet Toss is sponsored by The Blue Parrot for the benefit of the Apalachicola bay Charter School. For a nominal entry fee you get a unique Mullet Toss T Shirt, and 2 mullet to throw. Visitors and Locals compete for prizes and bragging rights.


Reserve Wednesday Lecture
June 17, 2015
Eastpoint

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


School of Art: Michael Harrell
June 18, 2015 to July 20, 2015 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (ET)

Apalachicola School of Art - Watercolor on the Apalachicola River with Michael Harrell – June 18-21 - Informal lectures and discussions with question-and-answers on the different aspects of watercolor painting; from design and composition to technique.  The students will do step-by-step painting with one-on-one instruction and critiques.  Classes held at the Apalachicola School of Art in downtown Apalachicola.


Butts & Clucks Cook-off By the Bay
June 20, 2015 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Battery Park

Saturday June 20th Weems Memorial Healthcare Foundation holds the 5th annual Butts & Clucks Cook-off By the Bay in Battery Park, Apalachicola. Come out for great food and friendly competetion. They will be selling Championship Pulled Pork dinners, or come out and compete in the competetion regiostration is $50 to compete in two catagories Chicken and Pork. with the Grand Champion winning a Championship belt to wear for bragging rights.


SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb
July 1, 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

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.


Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2015 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park, Apalachicola

4th of July Freedom Fest
July 4, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)

Come celebrate our great countries spirit of freedom and independence. Watch the greatest fireworks display on the Island from the Blue Parrot decks.

Have a delicious fresh seafood dinner while the sky lights up. Enjoy drinks from the Tiki Bar while the crowd oooohs and aaahs. Music and fun.


SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb
July 31, 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

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.


18th Annual St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run
August 8, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
St. George Island

18th Annual St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run – Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 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. 2015 will be our 18th 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:  www.stgeorgeislandsizzler.com   Phone: 850-509-2191 Email: info@stgeorgeislandsizzler.com


SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb
August 15, 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

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.


Second Annual Apalach Oktoberfest
October 11, 2015 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
252 Water Street Apalachicola, FL 32320‎
The Second Annual ApalachOktoberfest is scheduled for Sunday, October 11th from 12-8pm at Bowery Station in the historic Bowery District of Apalach.  Building on last year's successful event, this years event stands to be an even more exciting and enjoyable celebration involving more venues and Citywide participants. Last year saw five regional bands perform, along with an array of vendors, and great brats and pretzels to benefit the Apalachicola Riverkeeper. 
Great beer, great music and great food....in the Bavarian Tradition of joyful celebration of harvest time. 
A video of the highlights and music of last years event can be found here http://youtu.be/wq4qFA3Ziec
Check out www.apalachoktoberfest.com and www.bowerystation,us for updated event details.  Check back often as plans are evolving continually.  Mark your calendar for this long Holiday weekend which also includes Blues in the Lot!


52nd Annual Florida Seafood Festival
November 6, 2015 to November 7, 2015
Batter Park, Apalachicola

Florida Oldest Maritime Event

 The Florida Seafood Festival is a two day event annually drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the  historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County. 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, Musical Entertainment. Some of the notable events include Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, Blue Crab Races, Photo Contest, Parade, 5k Redfish Run, The Blessing of the Fleet ,History of the Festival Exhibit


29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
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January 18, 2016

 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Will be held on Jan. 18, 2016 at 11:00 in the Apalachicola National Guard Armory. Our event is packed with music, dance, food, awards and our special keynote speaker will be announced soon. Come help us celebrate a life dedicated to service