Monday, August 1, 2016

August Events and Activities in Franklin County

Road Trip
to the Coast!

Nothing says summer more than a road trip! And there's no better way to send summer packing than with a late summer getaway road trip.  Along the way, you'll encounter dozens of parks, wildlife areas, museums and recreational opportunities. Many lodging providers are pulling out the stops to offer late summer getaway packages.
Best Western Apalach Inn in Apalachicola
 is offering guests that stay 2 nights get 20% discount on the 3rd night.

The Gibson Inn Murder Mystery Weekend Aug. 5-6.   "Oh YEAH Brother, The Wrestling Mystery" If you live locally, or are staying on St. George Island, you can still join in the fun! Solve the mystery and be entered into a drawing to win a 2 night stay! 

Buccaneer Inn. Stay 6 consecutive nights and get the 7th one free and a 15% discount for senior over 55 and/or military.
Collins Vacation Rentals offers a number of Vacation Rental Specials throughout the year but reduced Fall rates start on August 8th! Come visit St. George Island in the Fall for smaller crowds, warm waters, and cool breezes. Many specials are for specific vacation homes and many opportunities are offered during certain seasons.  
Fickling and Company offers a variety of discount packages including Government Employee Discounts, Repeat Guest, Advance Booking Specials, Last Minute and Fall Saving Discounts.

Resort Vacation Properties. Select vacation properties discounted.
St. George Inn is offering midweek, weekly, monthly and the mother of all deals…$49 per night from the week following Thanksgiving until the week prior to Christmas.
Carrabelle Beach RV 
offers two vacation packages - a massage pampering package and an outdoors package.
Sandy Beach Properties Many of our properties offer a mid-week special available Monday – Wednesday. Book Monday and Tuesday and get Wednesday free! Ask for details! 10% discount for guests returning to the same property more than once in any calendar year.
Pirates Landing Condos and Sands of Carrabelle Townhomes:Mid-Week Special - Book two nights and get the third night free! (available Monday-Thursday Only, not available on holidays or special events, homes that require a 3 night minimum will receive the 4th night free).
St. James Bay & Villas Receive a Great Deal when you Stay & Play! The Stay & Play packages include accommodations at the Residences Condominiums, plus unlimited rounds of golf on our perfectly manicured 18-hole championship course. 
ALLIGATOR POINTPoints To View PETS STAY FREE! We offer nice discounts on 2 or more weeks and/or 2 or more months of rental.  Cleaning fees are waived on monthly rentals.
Celebrate the Bay September 23
It's all about the Bay on Sept 23 as the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) celebrates National Estuaries Day at its Nature/Visitor Center in Eastpoint. The festivities will run from 1:30-6 p.m. and will feature family-friendly activities, touch tanks, fun and educational games.  ANERR recently expanded its extensive series of trails at the Reserve. Visitors can now enjoy 1,600 feet or nearly 1/3 of a mile of newly built raised wooden boardwalks that traverse the Reserve’s 28 acres plus another 400 feet of trails.  
Sea Turtle TalksANERR will host a series of  weekly “Turtle Talks” every Wednesday in August from 2-3 pm. The talks are held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center, 108 Island Dr. in Eastpoint. ANERR hosts “Turtle Talks” to inform visitors about sea turtle visitors. The talks are free and family-friendly. 
Paddling Trip August 27Join the Apalachicola Riverkeepers on their monthly paddling trip on August 27 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. Click here to learn more.
Lighthouse Day August 7 Shines Light on Two Historic Landmarks
Franklin County's two historic lighthouses will shine just a bit brighter this month as America pays tribute to these beacons of light on  National Lighthouse Day, Sunday August 7

The St. George Island Lighthouse, located front and center as you arrive on St. George Island, will host a free climb on August 7 from noon-5 pm. Later in the month, the St. George Island Lighthouse will host a full moon climb on August 18. 
The Crooked River Light, located at Carrabelle Beach, will offer a free climb on August 7 for children if accompanied by an adult. Additionally, the lighthouse folks are  also promoting a unique fitness opportunity - join the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association for $15 and you can climb the 138 steps to the top of lighthouse free on Saturdays and Sundays. The group is also seeking donations to help rebuild its unique pirate ship park which burned last year. 
Learn more about the history and significance of Franklin County's maritime beacons by clicking here. 
St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race 
The 19th annual St. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run, scheduled forSaturday, August 6, is an annual event sponsored by the Tate's Hell Track Club. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. On-site registration & packet pickup begins at 4:00pm at St. George Lighthouse Park. The One Mile Fun Run begins at6:30pm and the 5K Race begins at 7:00pm. Post Race Party and awards at St. George Lighthouse Park at7:30pm
Kingfish Tourney
August 6-7. This Kingfish Tournament weekend event gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy themselves while advocating a wonderful cause that helps so many. All proceeds go to the Leukemia Research Foundation.
Art Workshops
The Apalachicola School of Art continues its series of art exhibits and workshops this fall at The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art located at 86 Water Street, Apalachicola.
Watercolor on the Apalachicola River with Michael Harrell
September 19-21
2016 to September 21, 2016This watercolor workshop is informal and motivational and the class is structured for all levels. 
Bridging the Field to the Studio with Bill Farnsworth 
October 10-12, 2016 9-4 pm
Bill will teach a 3 day oil painting workshop in Landscape.
Students will paint one day Plein Air and two days in the studio.  
Shaping Our Intangibles: Workshop in creative process and concrete sculpture with Johan Hagaman
October 24-28, 2016 9:30-5pm
Energize your creativity through drawing and sculpture, allowing process to open your doors of possibilities.  
Apalachicola Farmers Market August Schedule
Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market August 13and August 27 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Mill Pond Pavilion, located at the north end of Market Street in Historic Apalachicola. 
History LectureAug. 13
The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art will host a discussion about anti-slavery resistance in Florida. The event, titledRemembering the Apalachicola Maroons of 1816,will take place 1 p.m.,Saturday, August 13 at the HCA in Apalachicola.

2016 is the bicentennial of the destruction of the Negro Fort on the Apalachicola River in 1816. The discussion will explore the significance of that community and its people, known as maroons, Black Seminoles, African Seminoles, and freedom-seeking people.
This event will highlight the archaeological insights into the history for the fortification at Prospect Bluff and will unveil new virtual reconstructions that help us better understand all of the early 19th century maroon communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast. 
Events At A Glance
August 6-7 - Kingfishing Tournament
August 6 -SGI Sizzler 5K Race
August 10 - Turtle Talk
August 11 - Turtle Friendly Lighting

August 13 - HCA History Lecture
August 13 -
 Farmers' Market
August 14 - Barbershop Quartet
August 17 - Turtle Talk
August 17 - FSUML Nature Workshop
August 18 - Full Moon Climb
August 24 - Turtle Talk
August 27 - FSUML Nature Workshop
August 27 - Turtle Talk
August 31 - Turtle Talk
September 16 - Full Moon Climb
September 17 - Coastal Cleanup

September 22 -
 Rock By The Sea
September 23 
- Estuaries Day
September 24 
- Float Boat Regatta