The Swivel Sisters compete at the 2022 Chili Cook-Off. [ WENDY WEITZEL | THE STAR ]
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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

JSL Chili Cook-off

The Junior Service League of Port St. Joe will be hosting their annual chili cook-off on Saturday, Jan. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. EST. The event will feature various types of chili, a car show and a good time with friends and neighbors.

For more information, visit the Junior Service League’s Facebook page at

Apalachicola Farmers Market Saturday

The Apalachicola Farmers Market is this Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mill Pond Pavilion at the end of Market Street. For more info email [email protected].

Art exhibit inspired by the Cape

Christopher Kuhl, an artist who frequently visits Gulf County, will be displaying his newest series of paintings, titled “Skyscapes,” at the Panama City Center for the Arts through Saturday, Jan. 28. The series is heavily influenced by sunsets he has seen in Gulf County.

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.

Live music in Gulf County


  • Buddy Hamm will be playing at the Brick Wall starting at 7 p.m. EST.
  • Cody Barber will be playing at the Mill Merchantile and Social starting at 7 p.m. EST.
  • Corey Hall will be playing at Scallop RePUBlic starting at 7 p.m. EST.
  • Ronnie Randolph will be playing at the Haughty Herons tarting at 8 p.m. EST.
  • Bad Decisions will be playing at St. joe Bar and ackage starting at 8 p.m. EST.

Live Music in Franklin County


  • Sean Williams will be playing at High Five Dive Bar starting at 3 p.m. EST.
  • Steve and Sandy will be playing at Mangia 850 starting at 5 p.m. EST.
  • John Sutton will be playing at Paddy’s Raw Bar starting at 5 p.m. EST.
  • Martin Rodriguez will be playing at the Eastpoint Beer Comany starting at 6 p.m. EST.
  • Sauce Boss will be playing at High Five Dive Bar starting at 7 p.m. EST.
  • The Ashley Morgan band will be playing at the Easpoint Beer Compnay starting at 8 p.m. EST.

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 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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