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On Golden Pond
April 25, 2014 to April 27, 2014 8:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Dixie Theatre Apalachicola

The Panhandle Players will present On Golden Pond, April 25-27. This heart-warming love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Downtown Books and The Butler Agency and the Carrabelle Junction or call (404) 326-7791 for reservations.   

3rd Annual Patriot's Day
April 26, 2014 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (ET)
Veterans Memorial Plaza, Home of the Three Soldiers Detail South

The third annual Patriot’s Day celebration in Franklin County will take place on Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, on Market Street in Apalachicola. The program will begin with a welcome from Jimmy Mosconis followed by an invocation by Rev. Charles Scott and the Presentation of Colors by the Port St. Joe High School ROTC. Tamara Marsh will sing the Star Spangled Banner. Grant Smith will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and veterans David Butler and Arnold Toliver will place a patriotic wreath at the foot of the memorial. Don Carroll will close the ceremony with a benediction and blessing of the food. A Cajun lunch will be served at noon. Cost of the meal is $7 for adults and all children eat free.Proceeds benefit Veterans Memorial Plaza, Home of the Three Soldiers Detail South.

Plein Air Paintout 2013
May 1, 2014 to May 11, 2014
Forgotten Coast

More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast in early May to participate in the 7th annual Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 1-11, 2014. 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 included 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.  

Apalachicola Municipal Library - Book Sale
May 3, 2014 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)
AML 74 6th & Avenue D Street Apalachicola

The Apalachicola Municipal Library will be holding its spring Book Sale on Saturday May 3rd, in front of the library “ 10AM - ’til”, conveniently located across the street from Trinity Church, which will be holding the Tour of Homes that same day. We will have fiction and non-fiction, new and used books for all ages and Bargain Prices! Also come by and purchase a raffle ticket to win this (pictured) oversized Bird Book (17”x24”) full of gorgeous color photos. Your purchase will help support Apalachicola’s local independent library.

Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour
May 3, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Trinity Episcopal Church

The 22nd Annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour takes place the first Saturday in May. The tour is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola, FL on Friday and Saturday, May 2 – May 3, 2014. This year’s theme, “And the Livin' Is Easy" is as apropos to the grand Gothic Revival home and the beautiful Queen Anne abode as it is to the precious bungalow and all sizes and sorts in between.  All of the homes featured on this year's tour are vintage homes with interesting histories, contemporary touches and homeowners who take pride in their houses and have found a perfect fit for their unique style in this community. 

The featured house for the 2014 tour is the home of Briana Wheatly.  It was built for George H. Whiteside in the Gothic Revival Style, circa 1872.  The Whiteside family owned and operated the Apalachicola Ice and Canning Company in Apalachicola.  Their affluence was reflected in some of the home's distinctive features:  two closets per bedroom, heart pine flooring, beautiful crown molding, push bell for summoning servants, a built-in dining room sideboard, and fireplace between the two parlors. 

Friday, May 2:  Evensong 5:30   Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church will be held on Friday, May 2 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 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Pre-sale tickets will be available at $20 until the day of the event. On May 3, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. at $25 per ticket. In addition, a sealed-bid 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 conjecture that you will find, as we who live here do, that the "livin' is easy" in Apalachicola.  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 or the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at (850) 653-9419. Please visit the tour website at

Apalachicola River: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know, Lee Edminston
May 8, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
FSUCML Auditorium

FSUCML's Conservation Lecture Series presents Lee Edminston-The Apalachicola River is part of the ACF water-shed, considered one of the more biologically diverse regions in all of North America. The river wends its way through exceptional terrain, from south Georgia to Apalachicola Bay on the northwest coast of Florida. This tremendously productive system is managed by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, which was established in 1979 to serve as steward of the upland and aquatic resources to conserve both its ecological and economic values. The decline of oysters in Apalachicola Bay came as a surpise to many. It is attributed to a perfect storm of long term climatic change, human-induced water use and harvesting practices, and interjuris-dictional positioning. In this talk, you will hear about the current status of the oyster fishery, why it crashed, and what restoration efforts are in play. Come hear about these challenges from a man who has shown unflinching dedication to the well-being of Apalachicola Bay.

4th Annual Butt's & Cluck's Cook-Off By The Bay
May 10, 2014
Battery Park Apalachicola

 A Cooking Contest ( pork and chicken), Auction, and serving Championship pulled pork dinners.

Weems Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation Fundraiser

Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam
May 16, 2014 5:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park, Apalachicola

Help us make Apalachicola, Kayak Capital of the WORLD!
On Saturday May 17th, 2014 we attempt to set a World Record on the Apalachicola River aiming to involve "raft up" over 2100+ kayaks. The event will take place at the confluence of the Apalachicola River and the Apalachicola Bay (1/2 mile east of the Apalachicola Bridge)

Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam 2014
May 17, 2014

Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam 2014 is a three-day festival third weekend in May. The Forgotten Coast is unique and diverse ecosystem of water systems, forests, wetlands, coastal environs and human communities. Paddle Jam is a new festival celebrating the Forgotten Coast and helping those in need in a unique way through paddle sports, music & food. Paddle Jam is a “fluid festival” with events happening at various locations in Apalachicola and St. George Island.  So, if youLove 2 Paddle... Paddle 2 Love," we invite you to join with us at Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam 2014 ! Guinness WORLD RECORD: Largest Floating KAYAK RAFt During Paddle Jam we will attempt to set a new Guinness Book World Record for the largest floating gathering of kayaks The current Guinness World Record was set September 24, 2011, when 1,902 kayaks and canoes assembled on Fourth Lake in Inlet, N.Y.  On Saturday May 17, 2014 we attempt to set a World Record on the Apalachicola River aiming to involve "raft up" over 2014 kayaks.
Paddle Jam will also showcase live local music and local food.  You can also attend lectures, visit local museums and parks, shop with the local vendors and stroll the historic district. Paddle Jam offers something for everyone and is for people who are passionate about life on the Forgotten Coast.

5th Annual Sharks & Chablis
May 18, 2014 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)
222 Clark Drive, Panacea, Florida 32346

  The 5th Annual Sharks & Chablis winetasting fundraiser will be to celebrate its 50th birthday. We are also celebrating the founders Jack Rudloe and the late Anna Rudloe winning the national wetlands award for 2014. It has been 50 years since Gulf Specimen was open. It is a leader in teaching environmental science to the general public. It is crucial in helping hundreds of scientists with their research by supplying them the specimens for their work.    The event will be held on May 1 from 2P.M-7 PM. There will be live entertainment, exhibitors, seafood dinner, silent auction, and guided tours of the aquarium. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance or day of the event. For more information call (850) 984–5297 or visit our website All proceeds from this event will go towards continuing our environmental education programs to schools throughout North Florida.

222 Clark Drive off of Rock Landing Road in Panacea, Florida

Franklin County Band
May 18, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Lafayette Park

Franklin County Band performs all time favorites in beautiful  Lafayette Park 13th Street and Avenue B.

Fishermans Choice 15th Annual Kids Fishing Tournament
June 7, 2014
Fishermans Choice Eastpoint Fl

Charles and Rex Pennycuff are hosting their 15th annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament on June 7th. 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.

Apalachicola Independence Day Fireworks Celebration July 3rd
July 3, 2014 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park

The third annual Apalachicola July 4th Fireworks Celebration this year will be held July 3rd.  The Main Street Program will host the celebration starting with the Red, White and Blue parade from Lafayette Park and ending at the Riverfront Park, followed with music, food, beverages and of course FIREWORKS DISPLAY over the Apalachicola River at Riverfront Park.  Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate this wonderful day.  For more information call (850) 899-8689

Apalachicola Riverfront Film Festival
October 11, 2014 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM (ET)
Apalachicola Riverfront

Join us on October 11, 2014, at Riverfront Park in downtown Apalachicola.  This one night independent film festival will feature outstanding short films including work from local documentary film makers, student film makers from the prestigious films schools of Florida State University and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and independent films from around the country.  The festival will focus on entertaining and enlightening films for a broad spectrum of movie goers.  This festival was inspired by the personal love of film combined with the admiration for this unique area and the majestic backdrop nature has provided. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets or purchase a table.  Dinner and refreshments for available for purchase starting at 6:00 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm.  Purchase advanced tickets at or go by Apalach Outfitters, 29 Avenue E in Apalachicola (850) 653-3474

Florida Seafood Festival
October 31, 2014 to November 1, 2014
Apalachicola, Florida

Come celebrate the 51st 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, Cooking Contest, a downtown Parade, 5k Redfish Run and the Blessing of the Fleet.

Downtown Oyster Roast
October 31, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Downtown Apalachicola

Love oysters? Don't miss the 10th annual Downtown Oyster Roast on October 31st,  6:00 to 9:00 pm in  Apalachicola. This enchanting event, sponsored by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, will feature roasted oysters, oysters on the half shell, creamy artichoke, oyster and thyme soup, fresh local shrimp, blue crabs, salad greens and fantastic desserts.  Dine under the stars next to the Apalachicola River.  Local blues man Joe Hutchinson will provide live entertainment. For tickets call (850) 653-9419 or email

Apalachicola Annual Christmas Celebration
November 28, 2014
Downtown Apalachicola

The Apalachicola Christmas Celebration will light up the lovely historic town of Apalachicola from 4:00-8:00 p.m., the day after Thanksgiving. The streets will be lined with luminaries and filled with holiday spirit. Merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets filling the evening with the Christmas spirit. Santa will arrive on a shrimp boat at 4:00 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street. Santa will hear children’s Christmas wishes and carolers will sing. The Orman House is trimmed in holiday finery and docents in period costumes lead visitors through the early history of the County. The Raney House is decorated in holiday greenery and open for tours.  Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration!

 Saturday from 1:00-3:30 pm the fun continues as Santa has a special day devoted to hearing wishes from his furry friends.  There will be a pet costume contest at 3:00 and special treats for dogs. Bring your camera and make a donation to the Franklin County Humane Society and get your pet's photo taken with Santa.

Plus, help our great local shops on “Small Business Saturday” November 29 from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET) Come shop our small local business in Apalachicola.  From art to jewelry, food or antiques, you'll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, minus the crowds and the hassle of going to the mall.

Small Business Saturday
November 29, 2014
Downtown Apalachicola

Help our great local shops on “Small Business Saturday” November 29, from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET) From art to jewelry, food or antiques, you'll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, minus the crowds and the hassle of going to the mall.

Holiday Fresh Market
December 6, 2014
Downtown Apalachicola

Why fight the crowds and traffic at the malls? Come for the day or the weekend and find one-of-a-kind unusual presents. Shop in a relaxed, hassle free environment. Buy hand crafted Apalachicola specialties such as fresh seasonal wreaths, baked goods, artwork, wood carving, pottery, hand knitted goods. Your gift shopping has never been easier! Call (850) 653-9419 for details. Located in front of the Dixie Theatre Avenue E and Market Street.