Ghostwalk in ApalachHauntings abound in Apalachicola on Oct. 27 at the Historic Chestnut Street Cemetery. From 7-9 pm local history enthusiasts from the Apalachicola Area Historical Society will don the garb and take on the personna of several of the cemetery's more notable inhabitants to tell their tale of life in Apalachicola more than 100 years ago. Click here for details.
Crooked River Lighthouse Lantern Fest The Crooked River Lighthouse will host the 2012 Lantern Fest on Oct. 26-27. The two-day event will feature a lantern making workshop and evening lantern display, music, dance presentations, storytelling and craft exhibits. A 70 foot pirate ship playground will feature a special dramatic presentation, recalling the souls of those lost at sea. Click here for details.
Cape St. George Lighthouse
Offers Full Moon Climbs
The St. George Lighthouse will host a special climb during the full moon on
Monday Oct. 29th. from 8-9:30 pm. To view both the sunset and the rise of the full moon, the cost is $10 for Lighthouse Association members and $15 for everyone else. Admission price includes light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the Full Moon. Click here for details.
Apalachicola Maritime Museum Hosts Historic Lectures
professional historians Matthew and Juliann Krogh a living history program including uniformed sailors who describe the shipboard life of men during the War of 1812. You can also try a sample of sea biscuits and grog!
All AMM lectures are held at 7 pm at the museum located downtown along the Apalachicola River. The cost of the lecture is $5 and includes a reception or low country boil following the talk.
The Butterflies are Here!
For visitors who enjoy watching nature, the annual fall migration of birds and butterflies is in full swing! The annual migration usually peaks after the first cold front of September and will continue until mid November. Some of the migrating bird species you might encounter include warblers, Peregrin Falcons, hawks and Bald Eagles. Common migrating species of butterflies include the Gulf Fritillary and Monarch. Click here to learn more about birding opportunities in Franklin County.
October is Florida's Greenways and Trails Month and also the official state camping month. What a perfect time to explore Franklin's County's vast expanse of hiking and paddling trails and camping sites.
Hiking.The Apalachicola National Forest offers more than 564,000 acres of hiking, camping, picnicking, boating, hunting and fishing opportunities. The Tate's Hell State Forest features the unique High Bluff Coastal Hiking Trail which winds six miles through the forest, often paralleling St. George Sound.
Paddling. The Apalachicola Paddling Trail System is one of the country's top twelve paddling destinations according to experts. The area offers saltwater trails and sleepy freshwater sloughs to explore.
The annual Running for the Bay Marathon will be held Oct. 21. It begins in Apalachicola before heading over the beautiful Apalachicola Bay to Eastpoint and then crossing the bridge to St. George Island. Click here to learn more.
Apalachicola's riverfront will be alive with jazz and blues music this month as the town hosts a month-long series of benefit blues and jazz concerts. The concert series kicks off October 6 with Grammy nominee Slim Fats at the Listening Room located at the Center for History, Culture & Arts overlooking the Apalachicola River. On Oct. 13, the Second Saturday monthly event will feature the Smackwater Retrievers group in Riverfront Park. On October 20, several blues bands will perform as part of a Blues in the Park event in downtown Apalachicola and Oct. 27 will bring blues to the docks of the Apalachicola Maritime Museum. Click here to learn more.