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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

Juneteenth celebration Saturday afternoon

HCOLA is hosting a Juneteenth celebration this Saturday, June 24 at Franklin Square, to include family games, music and vendors. There will be lots of food and music, and cornhole, all day, and from 4 to 7 p.m. will be music by deejay Beano Baby. There will be a kickball tournament with teams of seven competing against one another for prizes. Registration is free and can be completed by calling Melissa at (850) 323-1040 or Beano at (850) 653-6432. Vendors can register by calling (850) 323-0544 or (850) 653-7515 to complete registration.

This Little Town exhibit

The Joe Center for the Arts is hosting “This Little Town,” a multimedia exhibition on display through July 28.  “This Little Town” offers a variety of content consisting of 58 juried works by area artists which creatively express the Port St Joe milieu through drawings, paintings, and photography. 

The Joe Center for the Arts is located at 201 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe. This Little Town is open to the public on Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. 

Apalachicola Farmers Market Saturday

A grassroots effort to keep recyclables out of the landfill continues this weekend at the Apalachicola Farmers Market, with people urged to bring their aluminum cans to the Mill Pond pavilion this Saturday, June 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. The collection is planned to coincide with the farmers markets, which run the second and fourth Saturdays.

The Apalachicola Farmers Market will last until 1 p.m. at the Mill Pond Pavilion at the end of Market Street. For more info, email [email protected].

Free movie night

Join the WindMark Beach community for a free family-friendly movie night Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT.

Set in the 1970s, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” explores the origins – and growing pains – of evil with young Gru and his Minions, giving us a first-hand look at how they became the world’s most despicable team. 

Attendees can bring low-back chairs or blankets for a movie night under the stars.

Radio Club to host Field Day this weekend

The newly formed Franklin County Radio Club in cooperation with the Franklin County Emergency Operations Center will host their first Amateur Radio Field Day this weekend in Apalachicola’s Battery Park. Setup will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 24 and operations will continue through 10 a.m. on Sunday. All are welcome to drop by, and questions as well as participation on the air alongside the licensed operators are both encouraged. More details about the national event are at www.arrl.org/field-day

D-Day exhibit continues at WWII museum

The Camp Gordon Johnston World War Museum at 1873 Hwy 98 West in Carrabelle has a special exhibit Commemorating D-Day, running 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. For info call (850) 697-8575 or email [email protected]

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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