Capital City Brass quintet to play Sunday
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Capital City Brass quintet to play Sunday

This Sunday, March 3 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola, the Capital City Brass Quintet will perform a selection of classical chamber pieces and popular tunes.  The quintet consists of graduate students at the Florida State University College of Music, many of whom are teaching assistants. Playing trumpet are Benjamin Dubbert and Madison Barton. On…

Live music Friday in downtown Carrabelle
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Live music Friday in downtown Carrabelle

The Downtown Carrabelle business community has joined forces with Rio Carrabelle Art Gallery to host the next First Friday event from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 1 in Carrabelle. This month both Rio Carrabelle and Taste of Korea will host live music. Taste of Korea will feature Gene Zone and Rio Carrabelle will host…

ShrimpFest serves up succulent celebration
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ShrimpFest serves up succulent celebration

The St. George Island Lighthouse and Museum this year moved the third annual ShrimpFest from May to the second Saturday in February. Based on how well the Feb. 10 event went, that’s when it’s going to be from here on out. Amy Hodson, executive director of the St. George Lighthouse Association, which oversees the event,…

Bring Me A Book benefit helps expand its reach
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Bring Me A Book benefit helps expand its reach

Bring Me A Book Franklin’s Love of Literacy Benefit earlier this month attracted attendees from near and far, with close to 200 guests coming from Tallahassee, California and even Canada to raise money for home libraries for the children of Franklin and Gulf counties.  Fort Coombs Armory in Apalachicola provided a festive setting, accented with…

Avis Berry concert to highlight Ilse Newell season
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Avis Berry concert to highlight Ilse Newell season

Avis Berry and her stellar band will pay tribute to those singers who have influenced and inspired her in the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts concert set for this Sunday, Feb. 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church at 4 p.m.  Berry’s program “The Shoulders Upon Which I Stand” will mark the first time she…

New seats cushion laughs at Players’ mystery
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New seats cushion laughs at Players’ mystery

With four nights of sold-out performances of a wacky murder mystery, the Panhandle Players ushered in a new era in audience comfort last weekend. Because the Panhandle Players have invested in ensuring the Chapman Theatre now seats 200 on new cushioned seats complete with cup holders – fewer than the more than 300 aging wooden…

Chasing Shadows: The ‘mostly forgotten’ story of the Semmeses 
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Chasing Shadows: The ‘mostly forgotten’ story of the Semmeses 

By Pam Richardson Guest Columnist On a recent bright, but chilly afternoon I had the pleasure of riding around Apalachicola with local realtor Shaun Donahoe. The purpose of our jaunt was to look at real estate, but not with an eye to my purchasing any of it.  instead, I was picking Donahoe’s brain about people…

Savor some oysters at Saturday’s cook-off
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Savor some oysters at Saturday’s cook-off

It’s been 14 years since a fire in the historic district of Apalachicola completely burned down a vintage century-old home, a tragedy that spared anyone injury but one compounded by glaring deficiencies in the firefighting equipment the city’s volunteer fire department had to rely on. This Saturday, at an event sure to attract a vintage…

The Secret Lives of Words: Florida’s flamboyant flamingos
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The Secret Lives of Words: Florida’s flamboyant flamingos

If you’re a senior citizen like me (there’re plenty in Apalach), you may recall “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano,” the chartbuster hit first recorded by The Ink Spots in 1940, and later by Glenn Miller, Pat Boone, and even, in an at-home private session, Elvis (they’re all on YouTube). I was reminded of…