The Forgotten Coast Dancing Witches perform at last year's St. Patrick's Day Pet Parade. [ Wendy Weitzel | The Star ]
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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or just hanging out with friends and family, Gulf and Franklin counties have a lot going on this weekend.


St. Patty’s Day Pet Parade

The WindMark Beach Community Social Committee will be hosting their second annual St. Patrick’s Day Pet Parade on Friday, March 17 at 4 p.m. EDT. Locals and visitors are invited to put on their best green outfit and bring their four-legged friends out for an evening of festive fun in the WindMark Beach town center. The Forgotten Coast Dancing Witches and the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society will be in attendance.


Enjoy ribs in Eastpoint Saturday

The 23rd annual Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department Charity Rib Cook Off is this Saturday, March 18 at the Eastpoint Fire House, on the corner of 6th St. and CC Land Road. Come out and enjoy a day of food, fun, and music with the firefighters.

Cash prizes for the top four BBQ competitors, with free admission, silent auctions, Liars Contest, live entertainment and face painting. Gates open at 9 a.m. BBQ rib and chicken dinners will be served from 11 a.m. until food is gone. All proceeds go to benefit the fire department.

For more information call 850-670-900 or email or visit


En Plein Air

Catch a live art demonstration or browse a gallery during this year’s Forgotten Coast En Plein Air event, which will run from March 17 to 26.  Click here for more details.


Learn about Dr. Chapman Saturday afternoon

The Apalachicola Area Historical Society will present a talk on “The Enduring Botanical Legacy of Apalachicola’s Dr. A. W. Chapman, M.D.” at 4 p.m. at the Raney Carriage House, 126 Market Street, Apalachicola. 

The talk on Chapman, who first published the “Flora of the Southern United States” in 1860, is part of the society’s Spring Speaker Series. It will be given by Franklin County resident Rebecca W. Dolan, Ph.D., retired director of the Friesner Herbarium at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Learn about Tate’s Hell Saturday morning

The Carrabelle History Museum presents a history program on “The Legend of Tate’s Hell” this Saturday morning, March 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the upstairs room at C-Quarters Marina, 501 St. James Ave (Hwy 98), in Carrabelle.

This program will explore the legend of Tate’s Hell, the fate of Cebe Tate, and how Tate’s Hell State Forest got its name. The FSU Department of Communications’ 1983 short film, “A Tale of Tate’s Hell,” will be shown. 

Masks are optional; attendees are asked to follow health guidelines. For more information, contact 850-697-2141.


Salt Air Farmers Market

Shop local farmers and artisans. Let your family enjoy art pieces and the amazing flavors of fresh veggies, sweet Tupelo Honey and vine-ripened fruit. The Salt Air Farmers Market is open the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT in downtown Port St. Joe.


Carrabelle’s Country Market Saturday

The Crooked River Lighthouse continues its Country Farmer’s Market on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lighthouse Park, 1975 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle. The market is actively recruiting new and returning vendors, at a cost of $10 a market. For more information, contact 850-697-2732, or

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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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