Autreys to sign new book Saturday

Author Gil Autrey and his wife, photographer Lane Autrey, will sign their new book, “Gone with the Tides and Other Southern Stories,” from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 17 at Downtown Books in Apalachicola.


Apalachicola annual Christmas celebration Nov. 23

The Apalachicola Christmas Celebration will light up Apalachicola from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. The streets will be lined with luminaries and filled with holiday spirit. Merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets filling the evening with the Christmas spirit.

Santa arrives on a shrimp boat at 4 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street. He will hear children’s Christmas wishes and carolers will sing. The Orman House Museum will be trimmed in holiday finery and docents dressed in period costumes lead visitors through the early history of Franklin County. The Raney House Museum will also be decorated in holiday greenery and open for tours. Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration!

On Saturday, Nov. 25, at noon, the fun continues as Santa has a special day devoted to hearing wishes from his furry friends. Support the Franklin County Humane Society and have your pet’s picture taken with Santa for a donation. There will be a pet costume contest at 3 p.m., plus stocking stuffers for your non-furry friends.

Need holiday gifts? Saturday is also Small Business Saturday. Support local merchants and restaurants by spending your money in our quaint little town. You’ll find usual, one-of-a-kind gifts, art work, outstanding food and gift certificates for nearly everything.


Holiday Fresh Market Dec. 1

Mark Saturday, Dec. 1 in downtown Apalachicola as your day not to fight the crowds and traffic at the malls. Come for the day to the Holiday Fresh Market and shop in a relaxed, hassle-free environment. Buy handcrafted Apalachicola specialties from seasonal wreaths to vintage European glass bead jewelry, and specialty food delights. Your shopping has never been easier. For information call 653-9419 or visit


Tobacco-free Partnership to meet Dec. 5

There will be a Tobacco-Free Franklin Partnership Coalition Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Franklin County Health Department, 139 12th Street, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room.”


Holiday closures for 2012 and 2013

Clerk of Court Marcia Johnson announced the official courthouse holiday for 2013 at the Nov. 5 county meeting.

This holiday season, the county courthouse will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving, and Monday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday Dec. 26 for Christmas.

Apalachicola city hall will close at noon on Wednesday. Nov. 21 and remain closed through Friday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving, and will be closed Dec. 24 through 26 for Christmas. Carrabelle city hall will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas and will close at noon on Dec. 31 for New Years Eve.

The Apalachicola Municipal Library will close on Thanksgiving Day and will close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remained closed on Christmas Day.

County libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22 through Saturday, Nov. 24 and close Dec. 24 through 26 for Christmas.

In 2013, New Year’s Day will be observed on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (King Day) will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 21. Good Friday is March 29. Memorial Day will be observed Monday, May 27.

Independence Day is Thursday, July 4 and Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 2. Veteran’s Day will be observed Monday, Nov. 11. Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 28. The courthouse will also be closed Nov. 29 in observance of the holiday. The courthouse will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Thursday, Dec. 26 for Christmas.