The SGI Brewfest is a one day beer tasting festival designed to promote the appreciation of craft beer all while listening to live music and enjoying great food. Proceeds from the event and the book sales will be used for the upkeep and maintenance of the Three Servicemen, Detail, Statue and Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists along with several hundred art enthusiasts will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast soon to participate in the 11th annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 6-15, 2016. May of 2016 will focus on the the natural environment with an emphasis on highlighting land conservation, habitat restoration and environmental stewardship.
The invitational features 21 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as, six "Florida's Finest en Plein Air" artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors, and the Plein Air Academy's Master Artist Faculty.
Guests to Apalachicola can enhance their weekend experience by allowing time to visit the many historical buildings and churches, museums, inns and parks that mark this historic town as a truly original locale.
Rock by the Sea, Inc is dedicated to organizing music festivals and events where we raise money to assist deserving charities who provide direct services to those in need. The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts presents a "Concert in the Park" at Riverfront Park in Apalachicola, beginning at 2 pm. Grab your kayak and head to the coast May 20-22 and join in what organizers hope will be another world-record attempt to gather the largest number of kayaks together in one floating mass to break the current Guinness  world record. This course is designed to educate and inspire you through a hands-on experience with the strange and wonderful sea life along our pristine shores and shallows. Join us for an evening of art, music and light refreshments in historic downtown Apalachicola. Charles and Rex Pennycuff will host their 16th annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament on June 11th. The Moorings of Carrabelle will host the 28th Annual Big Bend Classic on Father's Day Weekend, June 17th through the 19th, 2016.
It’s time once again for you to challenge your friends, your family, and your colleagues to build boats out of stuff that any normal person would take to the dump and enter them in the Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. You landlubbers will be busy ashore cheering on the captains and crews of these outrageously constructed vessels as they sail, row, or scull around the course, topple over, or slowly sink into Apalachee Bay. The event is a fundraiser for the Franklin County Humane Society and all proceeds will benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Franklin County. VIP guests are invited to arrive at 2:00PM for special tastings before the General Admission ticket holders are granted access. The Bronze Star recipient is the only civilian during the Vietnam War to have been awarded a medal of valor, after rescuing wounded soldiers under fire during the Ia Drang Battle. Army veteran Jimmy Mosconis said the event is held in order to honor all veterans and active duty service members as well as to raise funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the Three Servicemen, Detail, Statue. The event will include several exhibit venues stretching from Carrabelle more than 100 miles west along the coast to Mexico Beach. Artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art continues to be the trademark of the 10-day festival.
In 2017, the event will feature the region’s rich culture and heritage, focusing on human capacity and storytelling through plein air painting. Expanded exhibits, a Collectors' Forum, distinguished guest speakers, and surprises that will be fresh and new to the plein air community are all in the making! From historic preservation and restoration to home renovation and new construction, this year's tour features outstanding examples of the building boom for your pleasure and inspiration. The tour is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola, FL on Friday and Saturday, May 6 – May 7, 2016.
Built by George and John Marshall for The Mohr family, circa 1895, this Queen Anne Victorian home graces the east end of historic Lafayette Park, commanding a view of the park and the bay.
There will be characters dressed in period clothing representing locals from our past buried at the Chestnut Cemetery. Every Rock by the Sea event is an intimate showcase of music designed to bring people together for the love of music and the common goal of helping these charities. The three-day Forgotten Coast PaddleJam event is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club.
We begin with a brief, illustrated overview of the general ecology of this part of the Gulf of Mexico, spotlighting its more intriguing habitats and organisms. All of the proceeds from the Big Bend Saltwater Classic are used to develop artificial reefs in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. George Island Sizzler 5K Race & One Mile Fun Run is an annual event sponsored by the Tate's Hell Track Club.

Watch the Regatta from various shoreline vantage points around the lab on either side of the boat basin. The event will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Paddy’s Raw Bar and Journeys of St. Ticket sales are very limited and tickets must be purchased in advance via the SGI Brewfest website.
Mosconis spearheaded the Three Servicemen Statue South nonprofit organization which raised more than $1 million to have the monument made and brought to Apalachicola.
The 10 day event features daily artist demonstrations, workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions.
As the event moves into its second decade, organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional. The gardens pay homage to the area's temperate climate and the horticultural and creative talents of the homeowners. The Watts revived the name Villa Rosa, the name given in the 1920's by owner Anna Riscilli who operated a small cigar factory on the property.
The September event is an intimate showcase of music held at Harry A's Restaurant and Bar on St. The Guiness World record attempt is just one activity planned as part of the area-wide fund-raising event featuring paddle sports, music and food. After a short, guided walking tour of the Lab, we will meet some of the local marine denizens in our seawater touch-tanks. Each entry receives a t-shirt, and after the tournament, entrees are invited to attend a cookout at Fisherman's Choice in Eastpoint.
Enjoy good food, have loads of fun, all while learning about recycling and how to reduce the impact of plastics in our marine environments. Art enthusiasts  can visit the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day event. This human-made space in which people live, work, and recreate will showcase architecture, streetscapes, working waterfronts, and historic sites. In the late 1930's Villa Rosa became the home of illustrator and author Alexander Key and wife Margaret.
From there, we don wading shoes and walk the exposed tidal sands where an array of fascinating creatures can be seen.
Ticketholders will have the opportunity for unlimited tastings of a number of different beers.
Three Servicemen, Detail hats and t-shirts will be on sale and brick pavers will be available for purchase by those who would like to have a paver installed at the park to honor a veteran or loved one. While each year will have a programmatic focus for the purpose of examination in the series of lectures, presentations and discussions, the collectors can be ensured that the paintings will be a superb mix of subject matter and styles. The house stood for years - dark, vacant, and overrun with vines - fueling stories of old-timers that the house was indeed haunted.
Although most of her experience is in the Antarctic marine ecosystem, studying at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science allowed her to explore the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean coasts.
Following a fellowship in the House Natural Resources Committee, her most recent interests include marine science policy and education.
The house has been successfully transformed into a cheerful, sunny and welcoming home through the efforts of the Watts and the work of gifted local artisans. Brewers are being added daily so be sure to check the Brewfest website for the latest news and updates. Through months of focused labor, the interior cypress walls and heart pine floors have been restored to their original glory. Filled with antique furnishings that primarily span the Victorian, Craftsman and Art Deco periods, the house speaks of its history as a "home through the ages." Splendid window treatments of velvet, Scottish lace and embroidered silk complement the original large windows framing the views of the beautifully landscaped property. An antique antler chandelier in a cozy library evokes the feel of Teddy Roosevelt's library.
The walls of Villa Rosa provide a perfect backdrop for the paintings and handwork of a great number of local and plein air artists and artisans as well as artists from Michaelin's family.

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