This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

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Hoping to get out and enjoy this weekend's chilly weather? Here's what's going on in Gulf and Franklin Counties.

Lantern Fest to light up lighthouse park

Lantern Fest lights up the night with magic and history this Saturday, Nov. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Crooked River Lighthouse Park, 1975 Highway 98 West, Carrabelle. Known for its display of over 100 colorful, hanging lanterns, special activities include music by bluegrass group The Bottom Dollar Boy$, spectacular glow-in-the-dark performance from the Tallahassee Community College Dance Company, demos of ancient crafts, and museum displays.

Food will be available for purchase from the Crooked River Grill and the African Spice food truck, while the Beacon Bistro will be selling desserts and coffee. Bring a chair and come revel in this birthday party of the 1895 maritime landmark.

Cost is $10 for adults and $2 for kids in advance. Tickets are available at www.crookedriverlighthouse.com or in the gift shop Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, contact (850) 697-2732 or carrabellelighthouse@gmail.com.

Free Thanksgiving Meal

The Jonathan Rouse Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the Washington High School Gymnasium in Port St. Joe on Sunday, November 20, starting at 2:30 p.m. EST.

At the event, guests will be able to enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal with friends and neighbors, all free of cost.

Sip ‘N Shop on island Sunday

This Sunday, Nov. 20, the Cape St. George Lighthouse Gift Shop will host its sixth annual Holiday Sip ‘N Shop from noon to 6 p.m. Everything will be on sale and featured items include jewelry; holiday cards, ornaments, and décor; toys, games, and puzzles; fun socks and other stocking stuffers; nature, nautical and lighthouse-themed décor; and crafts from local artists.

Come by and enjoy light refreshments and beverages at St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island. All monies earned go to the non-profit St. George Lighthouse Association. For more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at (850) 927-7745.

Forgotten Coast Festival of the Trees

The Forgotten Coast Festival of the Trees, an annual Christmas Tree design competition, will be opening at The Joe Center For the Arts in Port St. Joe on Friday, November 18.

There will be an opening reception held on Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST.  Stop by to enjoy the exhibit and a visit from some special guests from the North Pole.

Classic movie night at the Apalachicola Library

The Apalachicola Margaret Key Public Library will be showing The Pink Panther (1963) on Friday night starting at 6 p.m. EST.

The event is free of coast and will feature free popcorn.

Holiday Open House at Sea Turtle Center

Join the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center for their annual Seas & Greetings Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 19. Enjoy refreshments, shop for locally handmade gifts, meet their resident ambassadors and learn more about their amazing sea turtles! Proceeds help support the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center.

Live music in Gulf County

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18

  • Kristi Leann will be playing at the Mill Merchantile and Social starting at 6 p.m. EST.
  • Martin Rodriguez will be playing at St. Joe Bar and Package starting at 7 p.m. EST.
  • Spectrum will be playing at the Haughty Heron starting at 8 p.m. EST.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19

  • Jay Gurley will be playing at the Mill Merchantile and Social starting at 7 p.m. EST.
  • Sleepin Dogz will be playing at the Haughty Heron starting at 8 p.m. EST.
  • The Hayword Band will be playing at the Lookout Lounge starting at 9 p.m. EST.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20

  • Sleepin Dogz will be playing at the Mill Merchantile and Social starting at 7 p.m. EST.
Events, Gulf County, Franklin County, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, live music

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