01 September 2012
In stark contrast to October, which was by far the busiest festival and special event month of the year, November is a rather “laid back” month and provides residents, absentee owners and regular visitors an opportunity to let out a sigh and give thanks for all that we have.
And we certainly have a great deal to be thankful for!
Florida’s Forgotten Coast is a very, very special place. It has long been recognized and honored as the most “ecologically sensitive/aware” area of Florida and certainly ranks high among all of the nature-based tourism destinations in the country.
While most areas cringed when the Interstate system lured motorists off the “back roads” the local residents of this region relished the fact that the only other folks that are here - really want to be here. While there are some distinctive disadvantages to living in the “sticks” and at least an hour away from a “big city”, the advantages far outweigh them. We are, in fact, so darn far off the “beaten path” that the path that is barely worn down.
It is kinda neat to know that the folks in that vehicle with an out-of-state license plate went way out of their way in order to drive to the Forgotten Coast. And they must really love and appreciate it as much as we do.
Many of us rarely even travel to the “big city.” If we need something we buy it locally. If it isn’t available locally, we probably don’t really need it. Just a couple hours in Tallahassee or Panama City makes us immediately yearn to get back home and our one or two traffic lights, no traffic jams and no parking meters. Just a whole lot of wonderful, non-plastic people, water and vegetation and good vibrations.
On November 27 we will all give thanks for how lucky we are.
Now for our sparse, but fun, festivals and special events calendar for November.
On Nov. 6 we get things kicked off with our monthly Sunset/Full Moon Climb of the St. George Light at 2B East Gulf Beach Drive on St. George Island. It is a double treat. Just phone: 850-927-7745 for details or go to Website: www.stgeorgelight.org . You can climb to the top of the Cape St. George Lighthouse and view both the sunset and full moonrise. It is a great photo opportunity. Admission is $15 ($10 for SGLA members) and includes snacks and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. After sunset, additional climbers can view the full moon as time and space allow for $10 ($5 for SGLA members).
The 4th Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Golf Tournament will be hosted and played November 8 at St. Joseph Bay Country Club in Gulf County. With some fun activities scheduled on the Friday night leading up to the actual tournament. On Friday evening (Nov. 7 starting at 6 pm eastern time) a Silent Auction will be held in the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club Clubhouse featuring many unique items: military and sports memorabilia, paintings, antiques, jewelry, photographs and much, much more! You can also enjoy live music by The Boyer Band with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Cost of admittance: $10.00 (unless you were registered for the tournament by October 26). The price includes a free drink.
Activities get underway on Saturday at 12:30 pm and at 1 pm there will be a Ceremony Saluting America’s Veterans. By the way, the Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum is located in Carrabelle in neighboring Franklin County and it is really great that the folks in neighboring Gulf County reach out to support this historical salute to our troops.
The tournament will feature a shotgun start and a 4- player, best-ball format. Entry fee: $50 for members or $60 for non-members. Cash prizes include (based on the number of golfers) $400: First Place team; $350: Second Place team; $200: Third Place team; “Hole-in-One” Challenge: Cash prize $10,000
If you would like to aid in the cause there are also Sponsorship Levels available: $500 Division Sponsor; $250 Brigade Sponsor; $100 Company Sponsor; $50 Platoon Sponsor. Sponsors’ names will be posted on all signs and website. Your contacts are: Pro Shop: 850-227-1751; Dan Van Treese: 850-227-8138 or Tony Minichiello: 850-528-2125. A Special Lodging Package is available at Mainstay Suites on the outskirts of Port St. Joe. The Rain Date for the event is November 15.
Also on Nov. 8 a presentation on “Panhandle Seashells” will be held at St. George Island State Park. You would be amazed to learn how many of our residents and visitors are absolutely fascinated by seashells and spend hours “beachcombing.” This “Coffee in the Campground” presentation starts at 9:00 am. Join them for a hands-on ranger led shell identification program in the interpretive center. Get up close and personal with some of the area’s amazing local seashells. You will discover the beauty of the Gulf Coast’s natural resources. Participants can bring a breakfast item to share if they would like. Coffee is provided by the Friends of Franklin County State Parks. The program is free with paid park entry.
The Annual “Fall Festival” on November 15 is presented by the Franklin County Senior Center at 201 NE First Street in Carrabelle. Just turn up Tallahassee Street (the main drag) and travel several blocks and the Senior Center will be on your left. Hours of the event are around 10-am-5pm. The “down home” event features live music, food, arts & crafts and fun activities for kids of all ages. Featured performers will be Debbi Jordan, a multi-talented vocalist/Guitarist and Wayne DeWeil of Wayne’s World. Grab a slaw dog and participate in the popular cake walk or browse the arts & crafts. And also learn all of the benefits of supporting and volunteering at your local Senior Center.
St. George Island State Park presents “Cast Iron Campfire Cooking” as part of their “Coffee in the Campground” series on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. Rise and shine! Come out and learn how to make your next camping adventure a little sweeter. Join them for a demonstration of cast iron campfire cooking where they will be cooking a harvest brunch over an open fire. Participants should bring a chair and a breakfast item to share if they would like. Coffee is provided by the Friends of Franklin County State Parks. The program is free with paid park entry.
The Panhandle Players (our community theatre group) will present the hilarious comedy “The Hallelujah Girls” on November 21 & 22 beginning at 7:30 PM at the Dixie Theatre - 21 Avenue E in Apalachicola. Advance Tickets are available at: Downtown Books, Apalachicola; The Butler Agency, Eastpoint; Sometimes It's Hotter, St. George Island; Carrabelle Junction, Carrabelle; No Name Café, Port St. Joe; Caribbean Coffee, Mexico Beach & The Graba Java Café, Mexico Beach. For additional information: Phone Number (404) 326-7791Website www.panhandleplayers.com
On Nov. 22 a presentation on “Campfires” will be presented at St. George Island State Park starting at 9:30 a.m. See different fire set-ups and their uses. Discuss campfire safety. Discover natural materials used for fire making and the tools used to light them. Participants can bring a breakfast item to share if they would like. Coffee is provided by the Friends of Franklin County State Parks. The program is free with paid park entry. For more information about any of these programs please contact the Ranger Station at (850) 927-2111 1900 East Gulf Beach Dr., St George Island, FL 32328 Or visit http:www.floridastateparks.org/stgeorgeisland/default.cfm