Wyatt Abercrombie launches a fastball fish, that flew 91 feet at the St. George Island Mullet Toss in 2022.
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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

The weather is heating up on the Forgotten Coast. How do you plan to enjoy this summer weekend?

Mullet toss on the island Saturday

The annual St. George Island Mullet Toss, sponsored by the Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe, will be this Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the beach behind the restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. For a $30 entry fee you get a unique Mullet Toss T Shirt, and two mullet to throw. Visitors and locals compete for prizes and bragging rights. There are prizes for the longest throws in the men’s, women’s and kids divisions. For more info email [email protected] or call (850) 927-2987.

Downtown Port St. Joe, Highland View Beach clean ups

On Saturday, the public is invited to participate in two clean up efforts in town. 

Volunteers will be meeting at Sweet Bunz Donuts at 7 a.m. EDT to pick up trash/debris from Reid Avenue.

Then, at 9 a.m., volunteers are invited to take part in a similar event on Highland View Beach. Volunteers will meet at Port St. Joe RV Resort.

 D-Day exhibit opens at WWII museum

The Camp Gordon Johnston World War Museum in Carrabelle has opened a special exhibit Commemorating D-Day, running from the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, until Saturday, July 15. The museum is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but donations are gladly accepted.

This exhibit includes the personal papers from the family of Capt. John E. Mellen, who commanded the 818th Amphibious Truck Company and was with them from their training at Camp Gordon Johnston, from late 1943 until early 1944, through the end of the war and beyond. The 818th was attached to the 1st Engineer’s Special Brigade and landed on Utah Beach, June 6, 1944. 

The Carrabelle Beach Assault video, filmed by the U.S. Signal Corps, will be shown throughout the day running every 10 minutes, with several well-recognized photos of the Carrabelle Beach assaults taken from this footage. Also during this exhibit will be an interview of a 28th Infantry Division veteran that trained at the Camp, the three World War II military vehicles and the replica Higgins Boat on display.

Glass with Class to close Friday

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.

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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