It’s a holiday weekend, and a long one with the Fourth of July not falling until Tuesday, and as such there are a host of options for entertainment.
Here are a few suggestions:
Shop for produce, crafts during a “patriotic” Salt Air Farmers Market. The SaltAir Farmers Market is found at the corner of Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. and Reid Ave. on the first and third Saturdays of the month. The market is open 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Saturday, with a special holiday themed market. The Ukulele Orchestra of the Forgotten Coast will play patriotic music and summer favorites 9-11 a.m. and Greg Wood will play the market out to closing at 1 p.m. ET. There will be art work, fresh baked goods, farm fresh produce, arts and crafts and more.
For additional information regarding participation in the market contact John Parker at 404-906-2637.
Celebrate, educate yourself about, sea turtles. The Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle will be held 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET Sunday along Village Drive and George Core Park in Port St. Joe. Entry to the festival, a fun family event aimed at bringing education and awareness about the unique bond this area has with sea turtles, is free. Live music will be provided by Cypress Trio (11 a.m. until 1 p.m.) and K.T. Up Close and Personal (1-4 p.m.). The Gulf Specimen Mobile Marine Lab and sea life touch tanks will be on site and there will be educational booths, raffle prizes, giveaways, a sidewalk chalk art contest (for all ages) and kids activities. Ice cream and hot dogs and chips will be available for purchase. The Florida Coastal Conservancy will also be selling commemorative pavers to fulfill the goal of creating a sea turtle monument in Marina Cove.
Celebrate Juneteenth. The North Port St. Joe Project Area Committee will present the annual Juneteenth celebration Friday and Saturday with activities set in the Washington High School Gym, located at 414 Kenny Street. Events take place 6-9 p.m. ET Friday and 12-4 p.m. ET Saturday. Events include music and dance, food, an NAACP membership drive, a talent showcase, voter registration drive and fun for the kids. Saturday’s activities include health and wellness screenings, HIV, diabetes and blood pressure testing as well as mental health and depression screenings. On Friday, the guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Rufus Woods; on Saturday, the guest speaker is Pastor Gregory L. James. There are two new dance events: Friday night’s “Old School Dance Party” and Saturday’s “Young Folk Block Party Dance.”
Visit the George Washington Elementary/High School Museum. The museum, established in 2008, celebrates the rich history and legacy of the school’s attendees, social events, athletic teams and accomplishments. The museum will be open special hours over the holidays: 12-4 p.m. ET Saturday (folks can take a tour guided by Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School senior LaShavione McCloud 12-3 p.m. ET.). The museum, located at the end of Avenue D at 303 Peters Street, will also be open 12-4 p.m. ET Tuesday. Entry to the museum, operated by a non-profit organization, is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. The St. Joseph Historical Society has expanded the lighthouse hours during the holiday week. The lighthouse will be open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET today, Friday and Saturday and will be open 1-4 p.m. ET Sunday. After closing Monday and Tuesday, the lighthouse will be open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Wednesday through Saturday, July 8. For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44-inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops – climbers need sturdy shoes. Also, keep in mind, the Lighthouse Gift Shop, located inside the Sleeping Beauty keepers’ quarters is open during the same hours.