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Seagrass Exploration - August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25th, from 11:00-3:00 pm. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer a Seagrass Ecology Class on The class will feature an overview of the delicate seagrass ecosystem, basics of life in a seagrass bed, as well as the intricate ties between organisms, and the importance of conservation and protection efforts in our area. Be prepared to get wet! Participants will put their knowledge to the test in a guided snorkeling tour of the crystal-clear seagrass beds in St Joseph Bay. Class fee is $25 per person, registration is required.  Attendees must know how to swim and bring their own snorkeling gear.

Paddling Trip - August 26, 2017

Join the Apalachicola Riverkeepers on their monthly paddling trip on August 26 in and around the Apalachicola River and Bay. The trips are free to members and $30 for non-members. In addition to their monthly paddling trips, the Apalachicola Riverkeepers are also hosting longer paddling excursions (10+) miles which are best suited for paddlers with experience. 

Photographer-Workshop presentation - September 1, 2017

We are delighted to be hosting renowned local Photographer and Florida Master Naturalist John Spohrer, September 1 to 27, 2017. John has lived on the Forgotten Coast since 1980, and has published 2 photo journalism books. Friday, 9/1: Open House Wine Reception 5:30-7pm. Meet John, see his work, and enjoy some light refreshments, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free admission. http://onthewaterfrontgallery.com/john-spohrer-photographer-workshop-show-sep-1-27/

Photographer-Workshop presentation - September 2, 2017

We are delighted to be hosting renowned local Photographer and Florida Master Naturalist John Spohrer, September 1 to 27, 2017. John has lived on the Forgotten Coast since 1980, and has published 2 photo journalism books. Saturday, 9/2, 2-4pm: Workshop presentation: “The Art of Waterscape Photography”. Location:  at the gallery. Discussion, Slideshow/Video & Book Signing. Admission $35, tickets available at https://squareup.com/store/on-the-waterfront-gallery or call 850-653-9699 to register in advance, seating limited.

Rib Cookoff - September 4, 2017

A food and fun fundraiser to benefit Franklin Needs and raise money for their 2017 PINK OUT event. Enjoy free kayak and paddleboard demos by Journey’s of SGI. $10 BBQ plates on sale at 11 am.

Coastal Cleanup - September 16, 2017

Apalachicola Riverkeeper, along with the Franklin County Departments of Parks & Recreation and Solid Waste & Recycling, is co-sponsoring the Ocean Conservancy’s 31st Annual International Coast Cleanup, the world's largest volunteer effort to help protect our oceans, lakes and rivers. Saturday, September 16, from 8:30am to 11:30am at 17 locations in Franklin County and an 18th location at Saint Vincent NWR. The 10 locations below need volunteers. We provide trash bags, T-shirts, gloves, water, snacks, and data cards. Volunteers should bring sunscreen, bug spray, protective clothing, and sturdy shoes.

Cleanup Locations and Where to Meet:

  • Apalachicola: 10’ Hole Battery Park – under the bridge
  • Apalachicola – Abercrombie Landing – 12th Street out about 4 miles
  • Bald Point State Park: 146 Box Cut Rd, Alligator Point
  • Carrabelle: City Pavilion on Marine Street
  • Carrabelle: Carrabelle Beach Across from RV park
  • Eastpoint: Downtown Pavilion Area on HWY 98
  • Eastpoint: Marion Millender Park – off Patton St.
  • Lanark Beach: Public Access Pt. – Arizona St. south of Hwy 98
  • St. George Island: Downtown Lighthouse Park – in front of lighthouse
  • St. George Island State Park: Check-in at Park Gate (appropriate for adults)

Rock By The Sea - September 21, 2017 through September 24, 2017

Rock By The Sea present this charity music festival hosted at Harry A's on St. George Island, will feature artists including Steve Everett, Amy Gerhartz, Alex Guthrie Music, Boo Radley, Brian Fechino, Caleb Hawley, The Currys, David Borné, The Georgia Flood, Lindsey Matthews, Michael Tolcher, and Stolen Rhodes. 

Bay-Friendly Landscaping - September 22, 2017

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting a bay friendly landscaping workshop on Friday, September 22, 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 that attracts birds and wildlife. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs, and bio-swales. Following the discussion portion of the workshop participants will have the option, for a small fee, to assemble their own rain barrel that they can take home. The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. The class is free, but rain barrels are $20.00 per barrel.

Lantern Making Workshops - September 23, 2017 through October 7, 2017

The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association will once again be offering their very popular Lantern-Making Workshops with Delores and Lauren. Past year’s lanterns have included colorful paper lanterns, wrought iron looking lanterns cleverly made from boxes, and even 3 ft tall lanterns that were working replicas of the St. George Island Lighthouse! Materials, instruction and hands on help will be provided at each workshop. Participants will be able to explore their creative side and personalize their lantern to make it uniquely their own.  At the end of the workshop, attendees will go home with their own lovely, finished lantern. The 2017 workshop schedule: 

  • Saturday, September 23, 1-4:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 30, 1-4:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 7, 1-4:30 pm

Participants are then encouraged to bring their glowing creation to the Lantern Fest birthday celebration for the Crooked River Lighthouse on Saturday, October 21, from 6-10 pm. Details on the types of lanterns to be made at the workshops will be posted on the Crooked River Lighthouse’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CrookedRiverLighthouse/.

13th Annual Museum Day Live! - September 23, 2017

The Carrabelle History Museum will again open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 10 am–5 pm as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 200,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

“We are pleased to be participating again in this year’s Museum Day Live! event”, said Tamara Bibb Allen, Museum Director. “The Carrabelle History Museum’s mission is to preserve the history and culture of Carrabelle and the surrounding area. Participating in Museum Day Live! allows us to share the wonderful story of Carrabelle with more visitors.”

In honor of this promotion, Ray Andersen, a local professional artist, will be at the museum from 10 am-12 noon working on a beautiful, historical mural of Carrabelle's working waterfront circa 1880-1920. This large painting in progress depicts a time when lumber, seafood, turpentine and people all met at the waterfront. Come see this amazing art in progress and meet Ray!

In addition, for this special day the Carrabelle History Museum will have a temporary exhibit showcasing the railroad and steamboats of Carrabelle’s boom time. Come learn the fascinating history of the transportation of a bygone era along with the music and sounds that reflect the lives of the working class people of those times.

 

Current exhibits:

 

Carrabelle's "First People"

Growing collection of pottery shards and other artifacts from Carrabelle’s “first people”, native peoples who lived here over two thousand years ago.

The Steamship Tarpon

The SS Tarpon was key to building the Carrabelle community in the early 1900's before sinking off the port of St. Andrews. The exhibit focuses on the local residents and heroes who were part of the crew. This is thought to be one of the most complete accounts of this ship in the country.

Salt and the Civil War

Artifacts include a very rare Civil War era salt kettle found buried in the harbor at Alligator Point.

Other Exhibits

In addition, there are many other exhibits, artifacts and photos of various local industries, such as seafood, logging, mechanics and gas stations, and of Carrabelle families from the pioneer days to the present containing a butter churn, a cast iron stove, an old wash board and more. The original “World’s Smallest Police Station”, the medical bag of the beloved midwife "Miss Tillie" Miller and a collection of the oldest city records available are all on display at the Carrabelle History Museum.

The Carrabelle History Museum is located at  and is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket (printed or on a Smartphone) will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 23, 2017. One ticket per household is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live!

Waterstreet Festival - September 23, 2017

The community is invited to celebrate the Water Street Hotel’s 10-year anniversary on September 23, 2017. This free event will include live music, food trucks and street vendors. Come celebrate with Water Street Hotel from 12 noon until 8 p.m.

National Estuaries Day - September 29, 2017

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) will celebrate National Estuaries Day on Friday, September 29, in Eastpoint, Florida. Activities will include dozens of free, fun and educational activities for kids and adults including marine animal touch tanks, and estuary-themed games. The Sea Turtles of the Forgotten Coast exhibit will demonstrate what a sea turtle nest might look like, and show videos of nesting sea turtles and hatchlings! Attendees can also tour the ANERR’s impressive 5,400 square foot Nature Center with its three large aquariums filled with local estuarine and marine life, an 80-foot long mural depicting the area ecosystems, and a hands-on Bay Discovery Room.

Workin' on the Railroad - September 30, 2017

The Carrabelle History Museum is featuring another fascinating talk about the railroad industry on Saturday, September 30 from 10 am to noon at the upstairs meeting room of the C-Quarters Marina.  The program will focus on the time when trains brought in hundreds of visitors to our coast and shipped out seafood, lumber and naval stores throughout the country. Nelson Martin from the Sopchoppy Railroad Depot Museum has much to tell about the booming industries brought here by the railroads during the turn of the century. A special feature of this program will be musician and folklorist Frank Lindamood who knows many songs that reflect the lives of the working class people of those times. Don't miss this special free program!

Paddlejam - October 6, 2017 through October 8, 2017

The fall version of the Apalachicola Paddlejam festival will be held October 6-8 in Apalachicola and on St. George Island. This three day festival celebrates the Forgotten Coast through paddle sports, muisic and food. The highlight of the event will be an attempt by paddlers to break the world record for the largest floating kayak raft. New this fall will be a paddling fishing tournament. 

 

Estuary Class - October 6, 2017

Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital to our economy and way of life? Join the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on Friday, October 6, 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.  We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The workshop will be based out of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328.  The class is $25.00. Please register in advance.

Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta - October 7, 2017

On October 7th, 2017 at the FSUCML from 12PM-3PM. Build and race a boat made out of recycled materials. Prizes for winners will be given out.

Oysters 101 - October 13, 2017

Come learn about the famous bivalves of Apalachicola Bay! This class offered by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will teach you all about the role that oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. Discover what makes the bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct flavor, and how oyster bars benefit the ecosystem. After spending some time in the classroom, participants will get the chance to walk along an oyster bar, and look at its inhabitants under a microscope. This class is full of opportunities to learn more about the animals that live in our bay and along the tidal flats. Registration is required and the cost is $25 per person. Visit to register. The class will meet at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, in the upstairs classroom at 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint FL 32328. Participants need to bring socks or their own fishing waders.

Lantern Fest - October 21, 2017

Come celebrate the birthday of one of Franklin County’s oldest maritime landmarks. Carrabelle Lighthouse Association presents Lantern Fest at the 1895 Crooked River Lighthouse, 1975 HWY 98 West in Carrabelle Beach. Shipwreck tales, amazing dancers & musicians, glowing lanterns, great local food and night time tower climbs bring magic and history together. ALWAYS THE 4TH WEEKEND IN OCTOBER.

 

Bay-Friendly Landscaping - October 27, 2017

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting a bay friendly landscaping workshop on Friday, October 27, 1:00-3:30 pm. Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants in the workshop 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. Following the discussion portion of the workshop participants will have the option, for a small fee, to assemble their own rain barrel that they can take home. The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. The class is free, but rain barrels are $20.00 per barrel.

Ghostwalk - October 28, 2017

Hauntings will abound at Apalachicola's Chestnut Street Cemetery on Saturday, October 28 when local history enthusiasts don the garb and take on the persona of the cemetery's more notable inhabitants to tell their tale of life in Apalachicola more than 100 years ago.  The Ghostwalk will be held 6:30-8:30 pm. at the Chestnut Street Cemetery on Hwy 98 in Apalachicola.