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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Gulf and Franklin Counties.

Butts and Clucks Friday and Saturday

The Butts and Clucks Cook-off on the Bay kicks off Friday at noon at Battery Park. People’s Choice tickets, which entitle holders to sample some of the 50 team entries, will be on sale. Food vendors will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

John Solomon, director of the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, said Saturday’s event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 5:30 p.m. when winners of the Florida Barbecue Association-sanctioned event will be announced. A deviled egg contest, open to everyone for a $5 entry fee, will begin at 4 p.m. The Food Network will be on hand to film an episode of an upcoming series to air in July. 

Step into my Studio

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.

The show will run through Feb. 18 during The Joe’s normal business hours.

Learn about Civil War battle Saturday

The Carrabelle History Museum presents a free program “The Battle of Natural Bridge,” featuring historian and author Dale Cox on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in the upstairs room at C-Quarters Marina, 501 St. James Ave.

Carrabelle’s Country Market Saturday

The Crooked River Lighthouse continues its Country Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Jan. 21 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, [email protected] or www.crookedriverlighthouse.com.

Music slated for MLK celebration

A musical celebration concert for the Martin Luther King Celebration will be Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. at Holy Family, featuring J. D. Music, Bernard Simmons and inspirational words from Elder Damien Davis and others. For more info call Robert Davis at 850-653-5089.



Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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