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Apalachicola to resound with Porch Fest Saturday

Porch Fest, Apalachicola’s grassroots roaming music festival, is now in its third year, and this Saturday, Oct. 22, it will be the biggest ever.

With 25 bands, 13 porches, plus three stages, all outdoors, the event is expected to outdo itself, marking the biggest one since the event began in 2020, prompted by the pandemic, as a way to share a diversity of music from this area and beyond, and pair it with the unique historic homes and neighborhoods of Apalachicola.

“Porches are stages, yards are venues, and good vibes rule the day,” said Jenny Odom, one of the chief organizers of the event. “Porch festivals happen all over the world, and now there is one right here in our town.”

Porch Fest Apalach begins at Lafayette Park at 11 a.m. and wraps up with a showcase finale that ends at 7 p.m., making for plenty of time to go out and enjoy the Apalach nightlife, where some of the bands will perform that evening at local venues. 

“The genres we have to share this year are quite diverse, including surf, Irish, singer-songwriter, vintage rock, jazz standards, sad songs, happy songs, singing bowls, pirate music, bluegrass inspired, duos, singles and big bands,” Odom said. “We pretty much got it all covered, folks.”

This year the charity for Porch Fest Apalach, is PALS, Friends of the Public Library. For more info visit www.apalachicolalibrary.com.

“We encourage folks to bring chairs, blankets, bicycles, wagons, picnics, cash (for tipping, donations, food, drink), hats and sunscreen,” said Odom. “There will be food trucks at Lafayette Park and other locations.”

For more information and maps, visit www.porchfestapalach.com or call Odom at 850-316-0630 or email to jenny@iggyart.com

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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