Tupelo Festival, Wewahitchka, 2022
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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

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

Tupelo Festival in Wewahitchka

On May 20 – rain or shine – vendors, organizations and visitors from around the country will gather in Wewahitchka’s Lake Alice Park for the 2023 Tupelo Honey Festival.

The event, an annual celebration of the area’s famous tupelo honey and those who produce it, draws large crowds every year, according to festival organizers.

The festival will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. CDT. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Visitors will enjoy a variety of food options, live music, family-friendly activities and booths from local organizations, vendors and beekeepers.

Dancers to perform at Matchbox Saturday

The Forgotten Coast Performing Arts recreational dancers and competition team will present their second annual Spring Showcase this Saturday, May 20 at the Matchbox behind the city municipal complex at 192 14th Street. 

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show, full or award winning numbers, starts at 5:30 p.m. Adults are $15 at the door, kids age 10 and younger $10, and children under age 2 free. Come out and see these talented dancers shine on stage.

Salt Air Farmers Market

Shop local farmers and artisans. Let your family enjoy art pieces and the amazing flavors of fresh veggies, sweet Tupelo Honey and vine-ripened fruit. The Salt Air Farmers Market is open the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT in downtown Port St. Joe.

Country market at lighthouse Saturday

The Crooked River Lighthouse hosts its outdoor Country Market this Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1975 Hwy 98 West, at the foot of Carrabelle’s lighthouse. The market is recruiting new and returning vendors at a cost of $10 a market. For more info, call 850-697-2732, email [email protected] or www.crookedriverlighthouse.com.

Glass with Class

Prepare to be delighted and bedazzled as The Joe Center for the Arts becomes a proverbial house of glass.  

“Glass With Class” features the works of eight glass artists and runs through Friday, June 9. 

Decorative and functional pieces in all forms, colors and sizes make up this show, crafted by area artisans using hot, warm and cold processes in their studios.

The exhibit will be open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.

Learn about Sopchoppy Saturday

The Apalachicola Area Historical Society will present Robert Seidler speaking about “Sopchoppy: Seasons of Change” at 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 20 at the Raney Carriage House, 126 Market Street. Cost is free, refreshments served.

Talking house’ tour wraps up

The Apalachicola Area Historical Society’s third annual self-guided home tour, “If This House Could Talk” will be held through May 20 and features the histories of 32 locations on storyboards in front of the Apalachicola houses.

Maps showing the locations are available at the Raney House at 128 Market Street, the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at 73 Avenue E, Downtown Books at 67 Commerce Street, and online at Apalachicolahistoricalsociety.org and at the AAHS Facebook page.

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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