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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

How will you be observing the long weekend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Here’s what’s going on in Gulf and Franklin Counties.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade will be held in downtown Port St. Joe on Monday, Jan. 16 starting at 10 a.m. EST.

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Motorcade, music slated for MLK celebration

A motorcade and walk on Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will start at the Holy Family Senior Center at 10:30 a.m., and travel to Battery Park for a brief, concluding service. The second phase of the MLK Celebration will be on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. at Holy Family. This will be a musical celebration concert, featuring J. D. Music and Bernard Simmons along with inspirational words from Elder Damien Davis and other participants. For more info call Robert Davis at 850-653-5089.

Free trees available Saturday morning

In celebration of Florida’s Arbor Day, the Apalachicola Tree Committee will be

giving away trees at the Mill Pond Pavilion Farmers Market, at the north

end of Market Street Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Step into my Studio classes

Want more ART in your life? Immerse yourself in your local art community here at The Joe Center for the Arts. Their Step Into My Studio 2023 exhibit and learning experience is the perfect combination that allows you to learn the art directly from the artist. An opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST. 

The show will run from Jan. 13 to Feb. 18 during The Joe’s normal business hours. 

Apalachicola Farmers Market Saturday

The Apalachicola Farmers Market is this Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mill Pond Pavilion at the end of Market Street. For more info email farmersmarket@cityofapalachicola.com.

Enjoy violin and piano Sunday

The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts will present the Lopez Tabor Duo, Music for Violin & Piano this Sunday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 79 6th Street, Apalachicola. Admission is $20, with open seating. Two-time Grammy Latin music nominee Alphonso Lopez and pianist Michelle Tabor perform a diverse concert including music of Beethoven, Corelli, Scott Joplin, Manuel de Falla, and Angel Villoido, a pioneer of tango music. Tickets available through Eventbrite at www.inconcertapalachicola.org, or by a cash donation at the door. A reception will be held in Benedict Hall after the concert.

Find your life balance Saturday

Stress reduction education, resources, breathing tips, and more are in store this Saturday Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Holy Family Senior Center, 220-220 Seventh Street in Apalachicola. This event is hosted by the North Florida African American Corridor Project, the Florida Department of Health, and the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program.

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Meet the Editor

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.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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