Dozens flocked to Carrabelle on Saturday for the first ever Carrabelle Culture Crawl organized by the Carrabelle History Museum and Carrabelle Cares.
There was music in the streets as local performers displayed their craft. There were demonstrations in media ranging from acrylic to origami.
In addition, attendees were invited to try their hand at a little sanctioned graffiti on strips of butcher paper hung over the windows of several downtown stores. Carrabelle residents wearing costumes from the Fishy Fashion Show, which has become a standard attraction at Carrabelle-based events, roamed the streets mingling with visitors.
Cal Allen estimated about 100 people entered his Coastal Gallery. At Moore House, newly renovated and renamed Belle by owner Martha Murray, Steve Allen reported 150 visitors.
“It was very successful from the point of view of what we wanted to accomplish,” said Organizer Tamara Allen. “We are grateful to the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin County Tourist Development Council and the Carrabelle Artists Association for partnering with us to make all this possible.”
Visitors were given maps to have stamped at participating businesses and turn in at the museum before leaving. After the event, maps were randomly selected to receive door prizes including gift certificates, gift baskets, a Cal Allen painting and a pedicure. Tamara Allen said 85 stamped maps were returned.
In addition to art and music, some stops on the 13-step tour of Carrabelle served food and drink. Tamara Allen said shops reported brisk sales.
“People were walking around laughing and commenting on how much Carrabelle had to offer,” she said. “They liked it that the (Culture Crawl) showed them places in Carrabelle they had never seen.”