Cape St. George Light Offers Free Climbing April 12
In celebration of Florida Lighthouse Day, Saturday, April 12, the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will offer free climbing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lighthouse, Museum, and Gift Shop will be open. Climbers still need to get a free ticket at the Lighthouse Gift Shop to present to the lighthouse keeper before they climb. All climbers must be at least 40 inches tall.
Florida Lighthouse Day is celebrated annually in April to commemorate the state’s remaining lighthouses. While there were at one time 59 lighthouses to guide mariners into the state’s ports and rivers, the Cape St. George Light is one of only 30 currently standing in Florida.
The glass in the lantern room of the Lighthouse has been recently replaced, enhancing the spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay from the top of the Lighthouse. Visitors climb 92 wooden stairs and an eight-rung ladder to access the lantern room.
The Cape St. George Light is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the intersection of Franklin Boulevard and Gulf Beach Drive on St. George Island. Parking is available in the lots on the west and east sides of the park.
For more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 927-7745 or Terry Kemp at 927-2000
Bay Area Easter concert April 13
The Bay Area Choral Society, under the direction of Merel Young with pianist Karl Lester, will perform the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. The concert is part of the annual Ilse Newell concert series presented by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society. The choral society will also present the same concert on Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m. at Port St. Joe’s First United Methodist Church. For more information, call 653-8894.
Don’t miss boat show April 19
Apalachicola will host the 16th annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show on Saturday, April 19. Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will be on display throughout the day. Special highlights include home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, authentic oyster boats and workboats, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and artist booths.
The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will host tours aboard the Heritage, a 58-foot wooden Herreshoff-designed ketch and have demonstrations of steam engines with their antique steam powered vessels. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have displays on the Apalachicola River and its flora and fauna, along with booths featuring the Coast Guard Auxiliary, kids model boat building, the National Weather Service and boatbuilding demonstration throughout the day. The museum will also have a special open house Friday evening with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe, a hand-built 50-foot long vessel used between 1750-1850, recovered from the Apalachicola River will be on display at the Cotton Warehouse. At 5:30 p.m. Saturday. BackPorch Revival, an old-time string band will play at Riverfront Park. Bring your own chair. Concert is free.
Please call 653-9419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.antiqueboatshow.org for more information.