A volunteer helps with a tour at Rish State Recreation Area. [ Florida State Parks ]
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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

Apalach Farmers Market Saturday

The Apalachicola Farmers Market, held every second and fourth Saturday, is this Saturday, Aug. 26 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].

Members’ Art Market

The Joe Center for the Arts invites the public to its third annual Members’ Art Market 

Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists while viewing works of all kinds in a wide variety of style, subject and media.  

The show runs through Sept. 15. Admission is free. The Joe is located at 201 Reid Ave in downtown Port St Joe. Its hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.  The Joe Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate, exhibit partner and inspire through the arts.

Museum opens new Midway exhibit

Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum in Carrabelle is opening a special exhibit this Tuesday, August 29 about the Battle of Midway and Doolittle’s Raiders. This exhibit will be on display at the museum until Saturday, Sept. 30.

The museum at 1873 Highway 98 West is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. The museum can be reached at (850) 697-8575 or at [email protected]

Help clean downtown Port St. Joe

The downtown Port St. Joe clean-up crew are looking for volunteers that have 30 minutes to an hour to give on Saturday mornings to pick up trash/debris for one block on Reid Avenue. The group meets at 7 a.m. EDT at Sweet Bunz.

Wade through low tide

Join a park ranger at William J. “Billy” Joe Rish State Recreation Area for a wading trip into the unique St. Joseph Bay to carefully catch and observe critters. The walking tour leaves at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 26. Supplies are limited. Registration is required. Please call the ranger station at 850-227-1876.

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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