01 September 2012
Several Festivals Scheduled for End of Month
By Chuck Spicer
February has always been a messed up month, suffering from a complex brought on by a shortness of days. Except every four years. Sometimes it is so dang short that activities scheduled for the end of the month spill right over into March. Such is the case this year. And with the delivery of the March issue of “Forgotten Coastline” starting March 3 (a Monday) we will be previewing the first couple days of March as if they were part of this month.
Two such examples of “spilling” are the Annual St. George Island Charity Chili Cookoff & Auction, which kicks off with a Feb. 28 with preliminary auction art preview and really gets rolling March 1, and the Fifth Annual Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival at Ochlockonee River State Park. It starts February 28 and runs through Sunday, March 2.
And just to add fuel to the end-of-month weekend activities fire the Department of Environmental Protection's Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park near Woodville, in partnership with the Natural Bridge Historical Society, Inc. (CSO), will once again present the 37th annual reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge on March 2. But there will aslo be plenty of activities on March 1. No spoiler alert! We won’t tell you who wins so we don’t ruin the ending!
So much to do and so little time?
So, here is your suggested itinerary for that weekend. On the Friday head for Sopchoppy on SR 319 and take in the primitive & stone age activities at the state park ($4 per car). You will still have time for a leisurely supper at one of our fine restaurants and then head over to St. George Island for their lecture. On Saturday you should skip breakfast and head straight for the island about 10am ($5 per person admission) and get a seat in the auction tent at 11 am. Indulge in lots of bidding, beverages and chili and have the designated driver transport you back over the four-mile long bridge about 4-5 pm.
You can sleep late on Sunday morning because you don’t have to be in the Woodville area of Wakulla County until just before the noon time Natural Bridge Battle opening ceremonies. And your hangover should be cured by the time the actual noisy shooting takes place at 2:30 pm. In a couple hours all will be concluded and you can spend the evening resting your puppies on the couch. We have full details of this event on our Wakulla County pages.
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On Feb. 1 there are two nature related events at opposite ends of the Forgotten Coast. The Friends of St. Joseph Preserve Winter Bay Day Shrimp Boil will take place in the Simmons Bayou/Cape San Blas area of Gulf County. Including morning and afternoon tours of preserve including “birding” and “exploring” plus a Shrimp Boil 11-2pm eastern. Friends of the St. Joseph Bay Preserve sponsors this fundraiser. 850-229-1787 . On Friday night there is an astronomy walk and talk. Contact: www.stjosephbaypreserves.org
The 8th Annual Wildlife, Heritage and Outdoors (WHO) Festival will be held at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge Feb. 1. Enjoy food, live music, contests, and activities for all ages. A Silent Auction will be held to benefit the Refuge's Environmental Education program. For more information call the Refuge at 850-925-6121.
Meanwhile every Monday & Wednesday in February on St. George Island there will be “Snow Bird Bridge.” They meet upstairs at the Jay Abbott Fire House (324 E. Pine Ave.) from 1 - 4:00. Please bring a donation for the fire fighters for use of their facility. For more info, call 927-28975.
Speaking of “Snowbirds” it will be “Snowbird Appreciation Day” on St. George Island on February 4. Phone Number: 850-323-0187 Website www.sgibusinesses.com for details.