Birder's Getaway Contest Continues
Come hang out with the birds as part of a birding getaway sponsored by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. Click here to enter to win a birding expedition trip, lodging, meals and lots of open space adventures. 

Birders Flock to the Coast This Month
During November, three of Franklin County's most popular migrating bird stopovers are located at two state parks and a federal wildlife preserve.  And where the birds are, you're sure to find the birders too!

Bald Point State Park, located at the extreme eastern tip of Franklin County,  is considered one of the best areas in the Southeast to view the annual bird and butterfly migrations. Some of the migrating bird species you might encounter on a quiet morning or late afternoon might include warblers, Peregrin Falcons, hawks and Bald Eagles.  Common migrating species of butterflies include the Gulf Fritillary and Monarch. Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park. There are more than 300 species listed on the St. George Island State Park birding list. During the fall several varieties of terns may be observed. St. Vincent Island, a federally owned National Wildlife Refuge at the westernmost end of Franklin County, is also an important stop-off point in the Gulf of Mexico region for migratory birds, including the majestic Wood Stork.

Here are the top ten spots to enjoy birding in Franklin County.
Want to learn more? The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a great resource.
Learn more here. 

Lantern-making workshop November 6 and
Lantern Fest November 27

The Crooked River Lighthouse will host a lantern-making workshop on Saturday, November 6 from 1-4pm at the Crooked River Lighthouse at Carrabelle Beach. The workshop is in advance of the annual Lantern Fest which will be held on Saturday, November 27 from 6-10 pm at the Crooked River Lighthouse. This unique, outdoor festival, best known for its breathtaking display of over a hundred colorful, hanging lanterns, lights up the night with magic and history at the 1895 maritime landmark. This evening will feature live music, dance performances, ancient craft demonstrations, food and evening lighthouse climbs. Lantern Fest Details.

SGI Veterans Day Ceremony November 11

The St. George Lighthouse Association in partnership with SGI Veterans Reveille Group and the 106th American Legion in Apalachicola invite everyone to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony in Lighthouse Park on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 11 AM. Guest speaker will be Major General Donald Ralph, US Air Force, Retired. He retired in 2015 as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. He served as the principal advisor to the Commander for all reserve component matters and oversees reserve force readiness, integration, operations, and mobilization in time of crisis and war. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony and the lighthouse will be open to everyone with free climbs offered to all veterans.
Lighthouse Climbs November 19
St. George Island’s historic Cape St. George Lighthouse and the Crooked River Lighthouse at Carrabelle Beach will each host Full Moon Climbs on Friday, November 19 and again on December 18 (St. George Island) and 19 (Carrabelle). Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse to see breathtaking views of the bay as the sun sets and the moon rises. 
Camp Gordon Johnston Hosts Native American Servicemen Exhibit November 2-27
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle is excited to announce a special exhibit honoring Native American Servicemen. This exhibit will open Tuesday, November 2, and will be on display at the museum until Saturday, November 27. November is National Native American Heritage Month, and the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum salutes their service and sacrifice. The museum and exhibit are open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm and there is no charge for admission. Click here for details.

Carrabelle Native Buck O'Neil honored at Carrabelle History Museum Talk November 20

The Carrabelle History Museum will present a history program entitled, “Right On Time: Buck O’Neil and Black Baseball”. This program features author, Wes Singletary and baseball aficionado, Josh Weaver and will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 10 am – 12 pm in the upstairs room at C-Quarters Marina, 501 St. James Ave (Hwy 98), Carrabelle. Click here for details.
Holiday on the Harbor and Boat Parade of Lights December 11
Carrabelle will host its 27th annual Holiday on the Harbor Street Festival and Boat Parade of Lights Saturday, December 11 along Carrabelle’s downtown waterfront beginning at 11 am and lasting until the boat parade at dark thirty. Enjoy an afternoon and evening of food and fun featuring a street festival with children’s activities. Merchants will be open late. In the evening, watch the parade of festive boats decked out in Christmas lights and decor in celebration of the holidays followed by a festive fireworks display.  Details.
Florida Seafood Festival, Friday and Saturday, November 5-6, 2021
Florida’s oldest maritime festival kicks off its 58th year on Friday and Saturday, November 5-6 in historic Apalachicola. Held at Battery Park overlooking the mouth of the Apalachicola River, this event annually draws thousands and features fresh Apalachicola Bay seafood, arts and crafts exhibits and the famous Oyster Eating and Shucking contest. This year’s festival music headliner will be Drew Parker, from Nashville. Click here for details.

Apalachicola Christmas Kickoff Friday, November 26; Small Business Saturday November 27 in Apalach and Carrabelle
Apalachicola lights up the Day after Thanksgiving, Friday November 27 from 4- 8pm as downtown merchants stay open late and luminaries line the streets along with carolers and festivities. Santa arrives on a shrimp boat and there will be free hot dogs for kids. Details.

The following day, Saturday, November 27, merchants throughout the county will celebrate Small Business Saturday as only can be done on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.  From Apalachicola to Carrabelle and from art to jewelry, food or antiques, you’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, minus the crowds and the hassle of going to the mall.
5th Annual Sip N Shop November 21 on SGI
Join your friends at the St. George Island Lighthouse Gift Shop on Sunday, November 21 from Noon - 6pm for the 5th Annual Holiday Sip N’ Shop. Many items will be on sale and the featured items will include unique jewelry, holiday cards, ornaments and décor, toys, games, puzzles, crafts from local artists and so much more! Get a jump on your Christmas shopping and support local! Click here for details. 
St. George Island Lighting of the Palms December 3
Celebrate the season at St. George Island’s Lighthouse Park on Friday, December 3 and enjoy the festive display of holiday lights on the Cape St. George Lighthouse, Visitor Center, and along Franklin Boulevard.  There will be a Jingle Jog fun run, carolers, Santa and a tree lighting around sunset.  Details.
Holiday Fresh Market Saturday, December 4 
On Saturday, December 4, Apalachicola’s downtown Holiday Fresh Market will feature hand-crafted area specialties. Details.
Panhandle Players Perform “It’s a Wonderful Life” Radio Style December 3-4
The Panhandle Players will perform a live radio play based on the holiday classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” December 3-4 in Apalachicola.  The story will be staged as a live radio broadcast and actors will portray numerous characters complete with sound effects. The play will be performed at the Chapman Auditorium on Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4. Click here for details.

Eastpoint Christmas Celebration Dec. 10
Join Eastpoint for the annual Christmas Celebration on Friday, December 10. Parade line up begins at 4 p.m. behind Seller’s Plaza. The parade runs down Highway 98, takes a right at Fisherman’s Choice and ends at the Eastpoint Pavilion where Santa will have yummy treats on hand and his helpers will give out toys to all the good little boys and girls. 

November 5-6 - Florida Seafood Festival
November 4 - Author Event
November 6 - Lantern-Making Workshop
November 6, 20 - Carrabelle Country Farmers' Market
November 6,20 - Eastpoint Artisans Market
November 13, 27 - Apalachicola Farmers' Market
November 19 - SGI Lighthouse Climb
November 19 - Crooked River Lighthouse Climb
November 20 - Buck O'Neil Talk
November 2-27 - CGJ Exhibit

November 21 - SGI Sip N Shop
November 26-
Light Up Apalachicola
November 27 - Lantern Fest

November 27 - Shop Small, Apalachicola and Carrabelle
December 1-22 - HCA Christmas Exhibit

December 3 -
SGI Lighting of the Palms
December 3-5- It's a Wonderful Life
December 4 - Holiday Fresh Market
December 10 - Eastpoint Christmas Parade

December 11 - Holiday on the Harbor
December 18 - SGI Lighthouse Climb
December 19 - Crooked River Lighthouse Climb

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