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Art from the Sea: Art Exhibit by Robert Simmons - October 14, 2016 through February 25, 2017

<p>&ldquo;Art From the Sea, Works by Robert Simmons&rdquo; combines photographs taken using light and electron microscopes with constructed art to illustrate both the beauty of the natural world and man&rsquo;s impact on the estuarine environment.</p> <p>Dr. Simmons has long been involved with studies of both the natural and human environments. Studies of interactions between microscopic marine predators, prey, and natural degradation of shells lead to spellbinding images of sea shells rarely seen before. Scanning electron microscopy studies of diatoms and foraminifera illustrate the parallels between natural structures and human design. As an environmental microbiology professional he has studied the effects of human habitation and plastics on the estuarine environment.</p> <p>&lsquo;Art is a vitally important part of science&rsquo; is a basic tenet of Simmons&rsquo; approach to both disciplines. Visualization of natural processes is essential to a more complete understanding of the issues involved. Images of both natural process and the impact of human activity on these processes illustrate the beauty and mystery to be found exploring aquatic environments.</p> <p>&ldquo;Art From The Sea&rdquo; will be on display from October 14<sup>th</sup>, until February 25<sup>th</sup>, 2017.&nbsp; The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, October 14, 5:00-7:30 pm. The exhibition will continue through February 25, 2017. Free to the public, works can be viewed at the ANERR Nature Center during normal visiting hours:&nbsp;Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.&nbsp; For additional information call (850) 670-7700.</p>

African-American Art Collection - January 23, 2017 through February 28, 2017

<p>Franklin County Tourist Develoment Council presents African-American Art Collection at the Eastpoint Visitor Center.</p> <p>Original and limited edition Haitian, African and American art on display January 23 - February 28, 2017 with opening reception February 4, 2017 3:00 - 5:00 PM.</p> <p>Art by John Biggers, Gwendolyn Knight, Lois Mailou Jones, Andew Turner, James Chichester and Quinton Johnston.</p>

IN Concert: Jazz - February 24, 2017

<p>ILSE NEWELL FUND FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS INCONCERT SERIES 2016-17</p>

Coffee in the Campground - February 25, 2017

<div> <p>A Park Ranger or volunteer will give interpretive programs on many topics which may include Apalachicola Bay seafood, panhandle seashells, campfire cooking, flora and fauna of St. George Island, birding and sea turtles.</p> </div> <div> <p><a href="https://www.floridastateparks.org/sites/default/files/Division%20of%20Recreation%20and%20Parks/documents/Coffee%20in%20the%20Campground%20Participation%20Requirements.pdf" target="_blank">Participation Requirements</a></p> <p>Bringing a breakfast related dish is welcomed. Coffee is provided by the Friends of Franklin County State Parks. The Coffee in the Campground is held in the interpretive building in the family campground.</p> <div> <p>Free with regular park admission.</p> </div> </div>

Mardi Gras Barkus Parade - February 25, 2017

<div> <div> <div> <div> <p>Mardi Gras is going to the moon and back!</p> <p>The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers, a parade unit of dogs and their people, invite you to join in the Apalachicola Mardi Gras Barkus Parade.</p> <p>Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 Riverfront Park in downtown Apalachicola, Florida 1:00pm</p> <p>This year's theme is BARK SIDE OF THE MOON so aliens, astronauts, and all kinds of space creatures will be roaming the streets.</p> <p>Come celebrate Mardi Gras Apalach style! You may walk, ride in golf carts or boats, pull wagons, push strollers, or come up with any other unique form of transportation or just come and catch beads and enjoy the fun.</p> <div> <div> <div> <div> <p>The parade, for the benefit of the animals of Franklin County, begins at 1:00 pm, winds through town, ending at a free party with live music, dancing, Cajun food, arts and crafts, contests, and all kinds of lively fun. Registration for walkers is $5 per person. Dogs, of course, are free.<br><br> For information or to pre-register, call 850-670-5064 or contact us on our website: mystickreweofsaltybarkers.com</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

OYSTERTOWN at the Dixie Theatre - February 25, 2017

<p>Come celebrate the rich history of Apalachicola and The Forgotten Coast in an original evening developed especially for The Dixie Theatre. Oystertown combines storytelling, music and historic archival footage to celebrate and examine the history of this hidden hamlet on the Forgotten Coast of Florida. Apalachicola is a small town that could be anyone&rsquo;s hometown. It is filled with a rich history steeped in Southern tradition and American history. Join Dixie Theatre veterans Cleo Holladay, David Hemsley Caldwell, and many others as they weave tales of how Apalachicola began and where it is going. In the tradition of Dixie Theatre favorites, Leaving Iowa, Smoke on the Mountain and Almost Maine, Oystertown explores what makes us all the same and what makes this forgotten gem on the Gulf Coast so unique. &ldquo;Oystertown is a postcard to small town Americana&rdquo;. Call the Dixie Theatre Box Office 850-653-3200 for tickets.<br><br></p>

Mardi Gras Ball - February 25, 2017

<p>Join in on the Franklin County Mardi Gras Festivities on February 25 as the Franklin County Habitat for Humanity hosts its annual Mardi Gras benefit celebration in Apalachicola. The group will host a Mardi Gras Dinner and Ball on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 pm. For more information call 850-653-3113.</p>

Bread, Soup and Book Sale! - February 25, 2017

<p>The Friends of the Franklin County Library will host a Soup, Bread and Book Sale on February 25 at the Carrabelle Library, beginning at 11am til they sell out! Homemade bread and soup plus used book sales to benefit the county libraries. Live music by the Frank Micelli Group. Come early if you want the best choices! We sold out quickly last year.</p>

IN Concert: David Kalhous & Ben Sung - February 26, 2017

<p>THE ILSE NEWELL FUND FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS INCONCERT SERIES 2016-17 presents David Kalhous, piano and Ben Sung, violin beginning at 4:00 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church at 79 Sixth Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320. Admission is $5.</p>

Art Workshop & Exhibit - March 1, 2017 through March 25, 2017

<p>Peter and Licia Berry, classically-trained artists from Georgia State University combine classical art training with 3-dimensional digital technology to create a blend of handmade and digital works. The couple will be exhibiting their works, demonstrating techniques in workshops and providing lectures in Apalachicola from March 1 through March 6. An exhibit of their works will run from March 1 through March 25 at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art in downtown Apalachicola.</p>

SGI Charity Chili Cook-off - March 4, 2017

<p>St. George Island will host its annual Charity Chili Cookoff and Auction March 4.&nbsp;Activities include a golf tournament, 5K Red Pepper Run, Chili Cook-off, Auction and the naming of Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce. All proceeds benefit the Island Volunteer Fire Department and First Responder Unit.</p> <p>It is estimated to be attended by up to 5,000 people with many contestants participating in several events includeing a golf tournament, 5k Red Pepper Run, Crock Pot Chili Cookoff, Miss Chili Pepper, Mister Hot Sauce, Chili Cookoff and Auction.</p>

Art Opening at 49 Palmetto Gallery - March 4, 2017

<p><em>Super Natural: Art by 5 Women</em> focuses on the artwork of contemporary women artists&rsquo; unrestrained absorption with nature. Rather than merely document beauty, these artists engage in nature&rsquo;s diversity, peculiarities and sometimes unrestrainable character. Artists featured are Cynthia Davis, Lori Field, Marcy Lally, Deedra Ludwig and Kathy Van Kleeck. The mediums span oil painting, sculpture, jewelry and silverpoint drawings. The exhibition will remain on view through May.</p> <p>49 Palmetto Gallery is located at 49 Ave G in Apalachicola. For more information, please contact 850.323.1600 or consult Facebook on the web.</p>

Wooden Boat School - March 6, 2017

<p>Starting on Monday, March 6<sup>th</sup>, the Apalachicola Maritime Museum (AMM) Wooden Boat School (WBS) will be hosting an open house wooden boat construction event for a woodent touring kayaks.&nbsp; The kayak will be constructed from laminated strakes made of Okume, a tropical hardwood from the Congo region of Africa. Visitors and Volunteers are welcome to come by to view or take part in the construction project under the direction of AMM WBS program manager Nicholas Cupp.&nbsp; The program is paid for by a sponsor or student who takes home the fishished project at the end of the class.&nbsp; There are a wide variety of vessels that are able to be constructed in the AMM WBS programs including the Passagemaker sailing / rowing dory, Whitehall rowing shell, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), Pirogue, Canoe and the most popular, wooden kayaks. Examples of all of the foregoing constructed by the WBS staff are on display at the AMM at 103 Water Street. Overall there are more than 60 boat designs to select from. Boat construction building sponsorship / student programs run from $250 to $2,500 based on the complexity and size of the vessel selected. There are openings for a week long class starting on March 20<sup>th</sup> and generally run classes on the first and third Monday week of each month.&nbsp; Contact the program manager via email at <a href="mailto:WoodenBoatSchool@AMMFL.org" target="_blank">WoodenBoatSchool@AMMFL.org</a> or by calling the AMM at 850-653-2500 or coming by the AMM at 103 Water Street in downtown Apalachicola.&nbsp; A review from a the December class follows:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;First, the class in Apalachicola was a blast. &nbsp;The instructor, Nick Cupp, was terrific. Nick was patient, knowledgeable and skilled and made building a boat a blast.&nbsp; The other student and I hit it off as well and I think we are planning a tour once we complete our boats.&rdquo;</em></p>

Oysters 101 - March 10, 2017

<p>12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM<br>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; Please register in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 or send an email to emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us. Rain date is March 20th.</p>

Carrabelle Airport Fly-In - March 11, 2017

<p><span>A family fun day filled with war bird displays, military tributes, helicopter rides, entertainment and food. 9 am - 3 pm. Free admission. <br></span></p>

Beach Exploration:  Tracks, Signs and Critters - March 11, 2017

<p>Come explore the beaches of Wakulla County, Mashes Sands, and Franklin County's Bald Point. Discover the diversity of life that can be found hidden under your feet and in the water at low tide. Cost is $22. 8 am - 12 noon. Led by Instructor, Debbi Clifford, Gulf Specimen Marine Lab, Certified Green Guide. For more information and to register: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/zewudl7" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/zewudl7</a></p>

Camp Gordon Johnston Days - March 11, 2017

<p>The Camp Gordon Johnston Day event, scheduled for March 11, will feature exhibits from the camp, tours of the museum and a parade honoring military veterans. This annual event was created to honor the service of military veterans and to preserve the heritage of the men who trained at Camp Gordon Johnston, a WWII camp once located east of Carrabelle at Lanark Village. Camp Gordon Johnston opened in 1942 for the purpose of training amphibious soldiers and their support groups. The camp trained a quarter of a million men and closed in June of 1946.</p>

Apalachicola Farmers Market - March 11, 2017

<p>This local favorite is held the second and fourth Saturday of each month at the Mill Pond Pavillion at the Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola. Features seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads, pies, and other regional specialties offered from 9 am-1pm.&nbsp;</p>

Full Moon Dinner Cruise - March 11, 2017

<p>Join us on Saturday, March 11<sup>th</sup> for a two hour Sunset and Full Moon dinner cruise amid the ambiance of oil lamps and city lights.&nbsp; The &ldquo;STARFISH&rdquo; is a US Coast Guard approved 40 passenger power catamaran operated by the Apalachicola Maritime Museum (AMM) for educational tours.&nbsp; The menu for the evening will be pesto chicken parmesan stuffed with mozzarella with a white wine Alfredo on penne pasta with saut&eacute;ed spinach, kale, tomato, fresh garlic and mushrooms with a touch of caramelized onion, Caprice salad with goat cheese, a key lime pie for dessert and a selection of beverages.&nbsp; The AMM Founder will be hosting the event while providing a talk on maritime heritage, bio diversity and projects underway at the AMM.&nbsp; The STARFISH is operated by a USCG licensed Master Captains and Crew, is heated, surrounded by clear vinyl windows and has a bathroom with wash basin.&nbsp; The cost is $75 per person with proceeds to support the educational mission of the AMM.&nbsp; Reservation can be made online by clicking the link <a href="https://store.riverecologic.com/reservations/select_passenger_count/tmsfd_trip_motor_vessel_full_moon_sunset_dinner_cruise" target="_blank">Full Moon Dinner Cruise</a>, via the phone at 850-653-2500 or coming by the AMM at 103 Water Street in downtown Apalachicola.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://staff.ammfl.org/SunsetDinner.MOV" target="_blank">River Trip Dining</a> to watch a video of a recently hosted river dining event trip.&nbsp;</p>

Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse - March 12, 2017

<p>The St. George Lighthouse will host a full moon climb March 12 from 7:30-9 pm. 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.&nbsp; Cost is $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association.</p>