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Full Moon Climb St. George Island
April 4, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

 The April Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015.  The Sunset/Full Moon Climb will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will include 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. 

The sun will set at 8:00 p.m. and the “Pink” moon will rise at 8:22 p.m. on April 4.  This moon is named after the flower “grass pink” or ‘wild ground phlox,” which is one of the first and most widespread flowers to bloom in the spring.

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. 

 The Cape St. George Light is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island, where Island Drive (the road off the bridge) ends at Gulf Beach Drive.  Parking is available in lots at either side of the park. 

Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

 


Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show
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April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM (ET)
Water Street, Apalachicola

Apalachicola will host the 17th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show on Saturday, April 18, 2015.  Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display throughout the day.  This festival emphasizes the maritime history of our picturesque coastal town. 

Special highlights include home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, authentic oyster boats and workboats, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and artist booths.  The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will host tours aboard the Heritage, a 58-foot wooden Herreshoff-designed ketch and have demonstrations of steam engines with their beautiful antique steam powered vessels.  The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have displays on the Apalachicola River and its flora and fauna, along with booths featuring: the Coast Guard Auxiliary, kids model boat building, the National Weather Service and boat building demonstration throughout the day.

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 and the restored 1877 gaff-rigged schooner the Governor Stone will also be in attendance. Questions? Please call (850) 653-9419 or email us at info@apalachicolabay.org, or visit http://www.antiqueboatshow.org.

The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will also have a special open house Friday evening with a reception from 6:00-8:00 pm


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.


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