Another weekend and week packed with events; as the weather warms so too the options for those seeking a change of pace.
From a lighthouse climb to library concert, there is plenty afoot in Gulf County.
1. Mexico Beach market returns to Mexico Beach. The Mexico Beach Farmers and Craft Market moves back to Mexico Beach and Parker Park after a brief sojourn at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. CT Saturday shop for fresh, local vegetables and baked goods as well as gifts and goodies from local craftspeople. Parker Park is located at 2500 U.S. Highway 98. Vendor applications are available at mexicobeach.com under calendar of events.
2. Get closer to the “Snow Moon.” The Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be open for a full moon climb from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. ET Friday. This month’s full moon is known as the “Snow Moon” because Native Americans used to marked February has having the heaviest snows of the season. Cost of the climb is $10 and please wear suitable shoes. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse is located in Port St. Joe’s George Core Park.
3. Listen to a “Sweetheart of a Concert.” For the second year in a row, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will provide a program of music at the Port St. Joe Public Library. The concert begins at 2 p.m. ET Sunday and is free to the public. Fletcher will perform selections from his latest CD, released late last year, including compositions by Bach, Dowland, Llobet and Segovia. Other selections include the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts, Paganine’s dazzling Caprice No. 24 and Cordoba by Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz.
4. Help clean the beach. The St. Joseph Peninsula and Indian Pass Turtle Patrols are seeking volunteers to help clean the beaches Saturday. Groups will assemble at the Indian Pass boat ramp and Cape Palms Park at 9 a.m. ET. Volunteers will be assigned sections of the beach to walk, clean up the trash, which will be weighed and handed over to the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve. The aim is to clean the beach and raise awareness of nesting birds of St. Joseph Peninsula as shorebird nesting season gets underway this month.