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Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational 2015
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May 2, 2015 to May 10, 2015
Forgotten Coast

More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast in early May to participate in the 10th annual Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 2-10, 2015. Painters will set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of authentic "Old Florida" – the coastal stretch of scenic North Florida between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point. "Plein Air", a French word, simply translated means "open air". The roots of plein air painting are found in 19th-century Europe. An Englishman, John Constable, believed that artists should forget "formulas" and trust their own vision in finding truth in nature.  The event includes 5 exhibits across the coast, daily artist demonstrations, 2 workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. Art enthusiasts visited the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day event.  The Grand Patrons Party will be held in May 10, 2014 6:30-10:00pm at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture, and Art. Art sales and debut of Artists' Choice paintings, $40 ticket. Call (800) 378-8419 for more info.


23rd Annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour
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May 2, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Trinity Episcopal Church

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.

 

Co-Chairpersons Bella Rudo, Terry Nelson and Ginger Madewell announced that plans are underway for the 23rd 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 1 – May 2, 2015. 

 

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.

 

For more information or ticket sales please contact Trinity Episcopal Church at (850) 653-9550 Please visit the tour website at apalachicolahistorichometour.org


Camp Gordon Johnston Days 2015 Reunion
May 8, 2015 to May 9, 2015
Camp Gordon Johnston

The 19th annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion days, created to celebrate the historic wartime Carrabelle museum together with the service of veterans from WWII and beyond, has announced their schedule for 2015.  Veterans and their families are invited to Carrabelle from Friday, March 13, through Saturday, March 14, 2015.Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with tours of WWII Army vehicles that have seen combat. Audiences will also get the privilege of touring the “New Orleans” Landing Craft ( LCU 2034) and the United States Coast Guard Cutter, “Seahawk” if these vessels are in port. Tours of each craft will be conducted by vessel crew members. The Camp Gordon johnston Association, The Camp Gordon johnston WWII Museum and the citizens of Franklin County, Florida are proud to show our gratitude and support for the service and sacrifice of all veterans. It is in our unity as Americans that we can stand strong now and forever. Thank you in advance for your consideration and we hope to see you at the Camp Gordon Johnston Days Reunion in Carrabelle.


Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam
May 16, 2015 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park, Apalachicola

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

Charles and Rex Pennycuff are hosting their 15th 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.


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


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


Franklin County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
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January 18, 2016

Franklin County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Held annually 3rd Monday in January.