A small child enjoys making public art at the Crawl. [ Sheri Wesson | Contributed ]
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Quickdraw to open Carrabelle Culture Crawl

The Carrabelle Culture Crawl, a free celebration of local culture, art, music, history, food, and fun will be Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Carrabelle History Museum will bring live music and entertainment to the downtown streets of Carrabelle, with Florida folk music, classic country, modern songs, and favorite oldies. Musicians performing outdoors include Florida folk musician Frank Lindamood, the Bog Lilies, Boats a Rock’n with Susan David, Cody Barber and Tom Magnam. Toes will tap to the tunes spun by deejay Beanie Baby, and visitors will again spot costumed characters from the Fishy Fashion Show wandering the streets. 

Art abounds at the Crawl featuring local artists and artisans as well as several internationally acclaimed artists hosted by Forgotten Coast en Plein Air. Guests are encouraged to come early to watch the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Quickdraw competition with up to 75 artists capturing Carrabelle and creating art as spectators watch. 

The Quickdraw, which requires artists to complete an entire piece of art in just two hours, will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Spectators get to see interpretations of various Carrabelle scenes come to life on canvas right before them. Judging will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with awards announced at the City Fishing Pavilion on Marine Street.

The public art drawing and coloring activity will be hung in storefront windows. Sidewalk chalk will be available to allow creativity to flow. And kids and families will enjoy making take-home art with the handmade card activity. 

Returning this year will be a Car Cruise-In on Marine Street with classic, vintage, and even modern cars. Car enthusiasts can check out a vintage Lotus 7, a 1924 Model T Truck and more.

Learn about the culture and history of the area by visiting the Carrabelle History Museum on Avenue B, which at 2 p.m. will feature the official opening of the new exhibit “Tate’s Hell the Place, Tate’s Hell the Legend.” The museum will be joined by the photographers and painters who helped create this exhibit plus Tate’s Hell forestry staff including Smokey Bear. Learn about the bygone eras when logging and lumber merchants, steamships, and shrimping vessels lined the Carrabelle River at the Shipwrecks of Dog Island exhibit. 

Exhibitors and authors on the street include a look at World War II Army training on Carrabelle Beach, the area’s rich nautical history, and cast net throwing demonstrations.

Carrabelle’s local restaurants and cafes will be offering fresh seafood, crab cakes, bulgogi, pizzas, salads, deli sandwiches, egg rolls, burgers, and more. Plus joining the Crawl will be the A Train Stop food truck.

Guests can enjoy the challenge of the Carrabelle Scavenger Hunt, where at each location, a fun clue is provided. For more information, contact the Carrabelle History Museum, SE 106 Avenue, 850-697-2141, carrabellehistorymuseum@gmail.com and www.carrabellehistorymuseum.org. Volunteers and sponsors are needed. Funding in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. A big thank you to the sponsors of this year’s Crawl: Duke Energy, Inovia Consulting Group, Florida Arts & Culture, Franklin’s Promise Coalition and Weems Memorial Hospital.

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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.

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