Apalachicola annual Christmas celebration Friday

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 info@apalachicolabay.org


Middle-aged sought for ‘Catfish Moon’ auditions

Panhandle Players are holding auditions for their next production “Catfish Moon” a t 4 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 2 and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 4 at at the Raney Carriage House.

"Catfish Moon," a comedy written by Mississippi native Laddy Sartin, is set on a fishing pier on a lake somewhere in LA (lower Alabama). Four people that have known each other all their lives come to grips with 'knowing each other all their lives.’ Cast will be three men and one women, all middle age, or thereabouts. Readings will be from the script


Mitigation strategy meeting Dec. 3

Franklin County Emergency Management would like to invite the public to participate in a meeting to discuss and update the Franklin County Local Mitigation Strategy.

Hazard mitigation is any action taken to permanently reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from the effects of hazards.

Every community is exposed to some level of risk from hazards.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, hazardous material spills, fires, and sinkholes are some of the hazards experienced by Florida communities.  It is the goal of the local mitigation strategy to identify local hazards and establish a local framework to reduce the risk of those hazards.

Our next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Franklin County Emergency Operations Center, 28 Airport Road in Apalachicola. This will be an opportunity for all parties to voice their concerns, review the status of old projects and add new ones to the list.

For more info, contact Mike Rundel, Franklin County Emergency Management coordinator at 653-8977 or Em2frank@gtcom.net


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.”


Eastpoint Christmas celebration Dec. 14

Eastpoint will celebrate Christmas with a parade, holiday caroling, a Christmas tree lighting and Santa Claus on the second Saturday of December, Friday, Dec. 14. The parade starts at 4 p.m., and will travel from Gillespie Street, west of Sellers Plaza, to Bay Street, then south to Patton Drive, then east to the pavilion. Santa will arrive on an oyster boat and will visit with the kids.  We’ll have caroling and lots of fun. For information contact the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at 653-9419.