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Coastal Art Showcase - March 25, 2017 through April 22, 2017

<div> <div> <div> <p>The Carrabelle Artist Association (CAA) will present the Coastal Art Showcase, featuring new original artwork by well known local artists and new emerging artists. Works may include oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, photography, pottery and more. Many of these original works of art will be available for purchase.</p> <div> <div> <div> <p>The CAA will provide demonstrations and workshops throughout the showcase along with opportunities to view artists at work.</p> <p>The Coastal Art Showcase will be held at the Rio Carrabelle, 102 St. James Ave (Hwy. 98) in Carrabelle from March 25, 2007 through April 22, 2017. Gallery hours will be Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5 (closed Easter).</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

Murder and Mayhem in Franklin County Series - March 30, 2017

<p>The Apalachicola Area Historical Society (AASH) presents "Murder and Mayhem in Franklin County" lecture series on Thursday, March 30, 2017 beginning at 5:30 PM with presenter Dr. Lois Swoboda. </p> <p>On Sunday, September 26, 1985 Ilse Newell was found dead in the yard of her Magnolia Bluff home. What happened to Ilse Newell? Historical research addresses the circumstances of her untimely death. This is the third installment of the ever-popular series entitled Murder and Mayhem in Franklin County.</p>

Tate's Hell Driving and Hiking Excursion - March 30, 2017

<p>An off-trail bush whack hike to a savanna to see what's flowering. &nbsp;We will look for Godfrey's Butterwort (Pinguicula ionantha), a federally threatened carnivorous plant that flowers in the early Spring.&nbsp; $22 fee. 10 am - 3 pm. Led by Instructor, Lesley Cox, Owner Les Hassel Excursions, Certified Green Guide, Florida Master Naturalist, Florida Master Wildlife Conservationist. For more information and to register: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/zewudl7" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/zewudl7</a></p>

Ethiopia's Omo Valley Photo Show - March 31, 2017

<p><span class="_4n-j _fbReactionComponent__eventDetailsContentTags fsl" data-testid="event-permalink-details">Meet International Photographer Joan Lea Miller at her One Woman show: "Vanishing Tribes and Culture in Ethiopia's Omo Valley", Friday , March 31, 5:30-7:00 pm. Opening night party with complimentary wine and treats. She will also be giving a slide presentation (details to be announced). Joan's photography will be on display at the gallery through April 29.<br> <br> Vanishing tribes and Culture in Ethiopia's Omo Valley<br> Photos of an exotic forgotten tribe from Africa. Meet and hear first hand about this exotic experience with these fantastic creative natives fully adorned with face and body paint and the most interesting examples of local flora and fauna. Catch a glimpse of these vanishing tribes people before their her<span class="text_exposed_show">itage is lost forever.</span></span></p>

Apalach Art Walk - April 1, 2017

<p>Art in all forms will be woven in and around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing, selling, and demonstrating their talents from 11:00-6:00 pm.&nbsp; The festivities continue into the evening with a wine tasting at 3:00 pm.&nbsp; Afterwards area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants pared with special wines.</p>

PEARLS Exhibition - April 1, 2017 through April 29, 2017

<p>Saturday, April 1:&nbsp; <strong>OPENING PARTY (6-8PM)</strong> at Center for History, Culture &amp; Arts (HCA), Water Street. Join us for hors d&rsquo;oeuvres, drinks, and an eclectic art exhibit featuring paintings, photographs, birdhouses, &nbsp; models &nbsp;&nbsp; and more &ndash; all with shotgun houses as their motif. Exhibitors are local and national, novices and professionals.</p> <p>Sunday, April 2: <strong>RECEPTION (4PM) &amp; TALENT SHOW (5PM)</strong> at Holy Family Senior Center. 7<sup>th</sup> Street and Avenue L. Enjoy an exhibit of rare old photographs of Holy Family School and the African American Hill&nbsp; community, followed by music and dance performances. Photo exhibit will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 2-5PM, throughout the month.</p> <p>Tuesday, April 4: <strong>MEET &amp; GREET ARTIST KAREN HITT</strong>. At HCA. See Hitt&rsquo;s work at <a href="http://www.anoriginalhitt.com" target="_blank">www.anoriginalhitt.com</a>.&nbsp; </p> <p>Wednesday April 5-Friday April 7: <strong>PLEIN AIR PAINT-A-SHOTGUN WORKSHOP</strong> with Karen Hitt. Open to artists of any experience and any medium. Sign up at HCA. Bring your own supplies (scholarships available).</p> <p>Saturday, April 8: <strong>SAVE OUR SHOTGUNS: A SYMPOSIUM (9AM-4PM)</strong> at HCA. Presentations by various professionals provide an opportunity to learn about preservation, restoration, affordable housing and &nbsp; community culture; ideas exchange followed by Q &amp; A. </p> <p>Saturday, April 8: <strong>STREET JAM BETWEEN 2 SHOTGUNS (6-9PM) &nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;Ave L between 8<sup>th</sup> and 9<sup>th</sup> Streets. Live music featuring the music of 20<sup>th</sup> century Apalachicola; bar-b-que dinners for sale.</p> <p>Sunday, April 9: <strong>&ldquo;BLESS US ALL,&rdquo; AN INTERFAITH SERVICE (9-10:30AM)</strong> Tabernacle of Faith, 8<sup>th</sup> Street between Avenues H and I. Ministers of several local churches will lead us in a rousing outdoor church service.</p> <p>Tuesday, April 18: <strong>PEARLS POETS (6:30PM) </strong>at HCA. To read your work, preregister at <a href="mailto:info@saveourshotguns.org" target="_blank">info@saveourshotguns.org</a>. Poetry must be related to PEARLS.</p> <p>Saturday, April 22: <strong>PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH FOLK ARTIST ERNEST LEE (1-3PM</strong>) at HCA. Lee has been called &ldquo;Florida&rsquo;s Van Gogh&rdquo; and his work has been displayed across the country. Limited enrollment; sign up early! <strong>MEET &amp; GREET with ERNEST LEE (5-7PM)</strong> at HCA.</p> <p>Sunday, April 23: <strong>HIDDEN HOUSE TOUR (1-3PM) </strong>&nbsp;Convene at 1PM at Holy Family, 7<sup>th</sup> Street at Avenue L. A walking tour highlighting some of the all but disappeared shotguns on &ldquo;the Hill.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thursday, April 27: <strong>&ldquo;APALACHICOLA HILLSIDE ARCHIVE PROJECT&rdquo; (6-8PM) </strong>at History, Culture &amp; Art Center, Water Street<strong>. </strong>Oral histories of some of the Hill&rsquo;s older residents filmed by &ldquo;native daughter&rdquo; Sarah Ocea Williams. Ms. Williams holds degrees in Digital Filmmaking and Media &amp; Communications and is a member of <em>NY Women in Film</em> <em>and TV .</em></p> <p>Friday, April 28: <strong><em>CROSSING JORDAN</em></strong><strong> (7-9PM)</strong> at Chapman Auditorium, Avenue E and 12<sup>th</sup> Street. A stage production of an award-winning children&rsquo;s novel by Adrian Fogelin. The City&rsquo;s Project Impact students performed this musical play six years ago; now the author, students, and members of the Panhandle Players team up to bring us once again this &ldquo;sensitive portrayal of racial conflict in a Tallahassee neighborhood.&rdquo; </p> <p>Saturday, April 29 and Sunday April 30: <strong><em>CROSSING JORDAN (</em></strong><strong>2-4PM)</strong> Matinee performances.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>Saturday, April 29: <strong>CLOSING PARTY (6-8PM)</strong> at HCA. Mingle with the artists as we close out our month-long celebration of Apalachicola&rsquo;s rich legacy of shotguns.</p> <p><strong>THROUGHOUT THE MONTH, you are invited to participate in (1) a self-guided walking tour of shotgun houses on the Hill, (2) using our interactive map and (3) our Story Corps program. The exhibit of photographs of Holy Family students and teachers will be open Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays from 2 to 5PM at Holy Family Senior Center on 7<sup>th</sup> Street and Avenue L. Visit our website at </strong><a href="http://www.saveourshotguns.org" target="_blank"><strong>www.saveourshotguns.org</strong></a><strong>. </strong></p>

Oysters 101 - April 4, 2017

<p>1:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p> <p>Discover the important role oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. We will learn about what makes Apalachicola Bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct taste and how oysters benefit the ecosystem.&nbsp; Rain date is April 19<sup>th</sup>. Please register for class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at&nbsp;(850)&nbsp;670-7743 or send an email to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us" target="_blank">emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us</a>&nbsp;or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us" target="_blank">Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us</a>.</p>

"Translating the language of life" Lecture - April 6, 2017

<p>Most organisms on Earth have neither eyes nor ears and so must decide to run from, eat, or mate with things&nbsp;nearby based on chemical&nbsp;cues. Dr. Mark Hay (Georgia Tech) will discuss how understanding, translating, and using this chemical cross-talk among marine species can provide new and powerful options for curing degradation in marine systems. Coral reefs will be used as an example,&nbsp;but similar interactions probably occur in all communities. 7 pm - 8 pm. Light refreshments will be provided prior to talk.</p>

Panhandle Players present 12 Incompetent Jurors - April 7, 2017 through April 9, 2017

<p>The Panhandle Players of the Forgotten Coast is offering its third production of their 2016-2017 Season with performances of 12 Incompetent Jurors by Ian McWethy, to be held Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, April 9, at 3:00 pm, at the historic Chapman Auditorium in Apalachicola.<br><br>Directed by Judy Loftus, 12 Incompetent Jurors is a comedy, a hilarious spoof on the classic 12 Angry Men. When a man is accused of abducting half a dozen cats, it's an open-and-shut case, even for a jury that's filled with odd balls like a dim-witted PR guy, a bickering couple, and a man obsessed with french fries. After all, every scrap of evidence indicts the accused who is obviously very, very guilty of stealing cats. Case closed. And yet, Juror #8, a wannabe lawyer, believes that the "Cat Burglar" is innocent. Will he be able to sway the other jurors, or will they side with Juror #3, the only sane man in the room?<br><br>Tickets are $15, and may be purchased online at panhandleplayers.com, click on "Tickets," or https://panhandle-players.ticketleap.com, or at the door.</p>

Bay Friendly Landscaping Workshop - April 8, 2017

<p>Saturday, April 8th, 2017, from 1:00-3:30 pm</p> <p>The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting a Bay Friendly Landscaping workshop on Saturday, April 8th, 2017, from 1:00-3:30 pm. Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs, and bio-swales.&nbsp; The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328 The class is free. Please register for the class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at (850)<strong>&nbsp;</strong>670-7743 or send an email to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us" target="_blank">emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us</a></p>

Estuary Class - April 14, 2017

<p>Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital to our economy and way of life?</p> <p>Join the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on Friday, April 14th, 12:00-4:00pm to explore the estuary we depend on. Participants will learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected.&nbsp; We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve&rsquo;s research vessel the&nbsp;<em>Henry Lee</em>. The workshop will be based at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328.&nbsp; The class is $20.00. Please register in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at (850)&nbsp;670-7743 or send an email to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us" target="_blank">emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us</a>&nbsp;or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us" target="_blank">Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us</a>. Rain date is April 28<sup>th</sup>.</p>

Apalach Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show - April 15, 2017

<div> <p>Antique &amp; Classic Boats &amp; Cars, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display on from until 4:00 pm. Studebakers, Model A&rsquo;s, T&rsquo;s, Chevys and more.&nbsp; plus a large display of antique outboard engines.</p> <p>Boat building demonstration throughout the day by local boat builders</p> <p>The Apalachicola Traders&rsquo; 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</p> <p>Kids model boat building and art activities</p> <p>Tours of the waterfront</p> <p>The Coast Guard Auxiliary will have free information on safe boating.</p> <p>The Dept of Environmental Protection will be on hand to give out information on the Clean Boating Program.</p> <p>The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have a booth on area flora and fauna.</p> <p>The Apalachicola RiverKeeper will have information on the special qualities of our unique pristine river and bay system</p> <p>Arts and Crafts, Vendors</p> </div>

Reserve Wednesdays: Tracking Fish Movement - April 19, 2017

<p>&lsquo;Reserve Wednesday&rsquo; Talks for the Spring of 2017<br>ANERR&rsquo;s Reserve Wednesday&rsquo; talks are hosted on the third Wednesday of every month, from 2pm to 3pm at the ANERR Nature Center located at 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Call for more information: (850) 670-7700.<br>&nbsp;<br>February 15: Florida&rsquo;s Bears, Speaker: Kaitlin Goode, FWC<br>March 15: Seagrass Awareness, Speaker: Jon Brucker, Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserves<br>April 19: Tracking Fish Movement in Apalachicola Bay, Speaker: Chip Cotton, PhD, FSU Coastal and Marine Lab<br>May 17: Wildflowers, Speaker: Erik Lovestrand, Franklin County IFAS Extension</p>

Carrabelle Riverfront Festival - April 21, 2017 through April 22, 2017

<p>The Carrabelle Riverfront Festival is a fabulous street festival with colorful arts &amp; craft vendors; educational folk life demonstrations , including the mysterious Legend of Tate's Hell; wonderful maritime exhibits and activities, like the interactive touch tanks from the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab; unique children&rsquo;s activities like the Pirates of the Carrabellean, Children's Pirate Academy; delicious local seafood vendors and traditional fair foods;&nbsp; festive knee-slapping, boot-stomping music; and amazing live entertainment &ndash; like the now famous Fishy Fashion Show, the Parade of the Species, and the Pet Fashion Pageant. Admission to this family friendly and pet friendly event is FREE and open to the public.<br>&nbsp;<br>Also be sure to join two partner events on Saturday - the Franklin Senior Center&rsquo;s Legend of Tate&rsquo;s Hell 5K run and the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce&rsquo;s Forgotten Coast Cruisers Vintage Car Show, which has already doubled in size and is still growing.<br>&nbsp;<br>Be sure to check for exciting announcements and surprises at the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/678514672301050" target="_blank">Carrabelle Riverfront Festival Facebook Event</a> and on our webpage, www.carrabelleriverfrontfestival.com.</p>

4th Annual Forgotten Coast Cruisers Car Show - April 22, 2017

<p>Presented by Bobby Turner, Jim Ward, the Forgotten Coast Cruisers, and the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce. 10 am till 6 pm. </p> <p>Registered cars eligible for:<br> Best in Show<br>Late Model Award<br>Best Paint<br>Top 10 People&rsquo;s Choice (Voted by Visitors on the day of the show)<br>Sponsors Choice<br>Door prizes&nbsp; &amp; 50/50 Drawing</p> <p>Registration Fee will be $10 the day of the show or go to <a href="http://www.carrabelle.org/things-to-do" target="_blank">www.carrabelle.org/things-to-do</a> to download a pre-registration form.</p>

Tate's Hell and Back 5k Run/Walk - April 22, 2017

<p>The Tate&rsquo;s Hell and Back 5k Run/Walk will be held April 22, 2017. Race starts at 8:00 am. Pre-registration and pickup starts at 6:45 am.</p> <p>The race course begins at Carrabelle Christian Center at 142 River Road, just off 98 in Carrabelle, Florida. Run or Walk on River and Mill Road to Tate&rsquo;s Hell State Forest and Back!</p> <p>Registration before March 22 &ndash; Adults $20 and Youth $12 (under 18). Race day registration &ndash; Adults $25 and Youth $15. Registration includes a technical fabric shirt.</p> <p>Age class awards for males and females (under 20 and then in each 10- year increment). All adult finishers will also receive swag to be revealed on our Facebook page closer to Race Day.</p> <p>Questions? Call 850-544-5410. All proceeds will benefit Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle.</p>

FSU Marine Lab Open House - April 22, 2017

<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&ldquo;2017 Open House: Coastal Literacy &ndash; Connecting Marine Science &amp; Society&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Active engagement in protecting our oceans and coastlines is something we all can do! Help us celebrate that ability and our scientific knowledge of the sea at our biennial Open House. Free and open to the public. Interactive displays for children. Food available for purchase. 10 am - 3 pm. </p>

Birding the Bay - April 22, 2017

<p>Join us for a day-long (8:00am-4:00pm) birding event on the Forgotten Coast for birders of all levels from advanced to beginners. Professionally lead tours will focus on shorebirds, migratory birds, and/or woodland species. See colorful song birds on St George Island on their migratory stop over, view shorebirds in the shallow waters around St. George Island State Park, visit the pine woodlands where the Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers thrive, or learn the basic of birding with Audubon staffers at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR).</p> <p>After a morning in the field, participants will return to the ANERR Nature Center for lunch and an informative talk on how to photograph birds. The afternoon will feature educational booths at the Nature Center. For more information and to register call 850-670-7700 or email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us. <br>&nbsp;</p>

Explore the Black Backwater of Tate's Hell Swamp - April 29, 2017

<p>This four-mile intermediate canoe/kayak trip will allow participants to experience the sights smells, and sounds of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world. This Spring Tour will explore the Spring blooms of Tate's Hell. Students will need to bring their own brown bag lunches and kayak/canoes. $22 fee. 10 am - 2 pm. Led by Instructor, Serge LaTour, Owner, LuLutra LLC, Kayak/Canoe Guide,&nbsp;Certified Green Guide. For more information and to register: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/zewudl7" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/zewudl7</a></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br> </span></strong></p>

SGI Brew Fest - April 29, 2017

<p>Welcome to the 2nd Annual SGI Brewfest! The SGI Brewfest is a one day beer tasting festival designed to promote the appreciation of craft beer all while listening to live music and enjoying great food. The event is a fundraiser for the Franklin County Humane Society and all proceeds will benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Franklin County. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Paddy&rsquo;s Raw Bar and Journeys of St. George Island. VIP ticket holders and Early Admission ticket holders will be granted access beginning at NOON. General Admission ticket holders will be granted access at 1:00pm.<br><br>Ticket sales are very limited and TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE via the SGI Brewfest website. Tickets WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. Ticket holders will have the opportunity for unlimited tastings of a number of different beers. Food will be available for an additional charge. Enjoy live music throughout the event. Designated Driver ticket holders will have free water and sodas available. Brewers are being added daily so be sure to check the Brewfest website for the latest news and updates. Bring ID for age verification &ndash; For security and safety purposes no one under 21 years of age will be admitted. <br><br>Fore more information please visit: www.sgibrewfest.com</p>