A busy calendar
The weather warms and the calendar fills.
Here are a few suggestions for fun, frolic and good causes during the days ahead.
Counting Down to Plein Air. Forgotten Coast en Plein Air kicks off with an event for potential volunteers 6:30 p.m. ET tonight, at The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe. The public is cordially invited to come and learn what is new with Forgotten Coast en Plein Air this year and about 2018 volunteer opportunities. Stay afterward and enjoy good food, great conversation, and view the Our Stories exhibit still showing at The Joe.
Forgotten Coast en Plein Air will be held from May 4-13, all along the Forgotten Coast: Carabelle, Eastpoint, St. George Island, Apalachicola, Indian Pass, Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. Most events are free and open to the public throughout the 10-day event. To learn more, please visit www.forgottencoastenpleinair.org.
“Fun Day” in Frank Pate Park. Hosted by the Port St. Joe Police Department, “Fun Day” is aimed at the entire family, with free food, bounce house, petting zoo, pony rides, face-painting and more. The fun start at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. ET Saturday. The third annual event will also include raffles to giveaway 20 new bicycles and local agencies will also be handing out bike safety helmets. The goal for the event is to foster not only a positive image of law enforcement but also a positive relationship between community and law enforcement. A host of local organizations and businesses have donated to the day or will have information booths in the park. And it is all free.
Run or walk for a cause. The fifth annual Breeze by the Bay 5k/10K Saturday, hosted by the Junior Service League of Port St. Joe, invites you to run along the beautiful Port City Trail in downtown Port St. Joe. This is a fundraiser for the JSL of PSJ, a 501c-3 non-profit organization providing services to the local community and families of Gulf County. Included in your run fee is your run t-shirt. Register online at www.active.com and for more information, find us on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/breezebythebay/ or at https://www.active.com/port-st-joe-fl/running/distance-running/breeze-by-the-bay-5k-10k-2018. Packet pick-up will be 6-8 p.m.ET Friday at the Port Inn and race day packet pick-up and registration begins 7 a.m. ET Saturday at the Port Inn. The race begins at the Port Inn 8:30 a.m. ET.
Take in the latest offering from the Panhandle Players. There are so many beguiling twists and turns in the upcoming Panhandle Players’ production of “Deathtrap” that you may get dizzy just watching. Set for Friday through Sundayat the Chapman Auditorium, the renowned comedy-thriller by Ira Levin, a huge hit on Broadway that ran four years, promises to weave an enthralling spell at the theatre. Showtimes for “Deathtrap” are Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET, and Sunday. March 11 at 3 p.m. ET at the Chapman Auditorium. All general admission tickets are $15. They are available online by visiting www.panhandleplayers.com or at the door. Box office opens one before show time. The show is set in the charming Connecticut home of a famed playwright and successful writer of Broadway thrillers, who is struggling to overcome a string of flops and a shortage of funds. A possible break occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college. Sidney recognizes the thriller immediately as a potential Broadway hit, and devises a plan, with the help of his wife to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which Anderson quickly accepts. Suspense mounts steadily as the plot weaves along with devilish cleverness. For more information, call (850) 296-6952.
Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Venture down to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, nearly 100 feet high. The lighthouse is open 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET Thursday through Saturday. 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. In addition, the lighthouse is open, by appointment, for groups of 5 or more. The minimum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appointment for a group.
Grab a ticket to the Sportsman’s Banquet, while they last. Fewer than 40 tickets remain to the 11th annual Lions Club Sportsman’s Banquet, one of the largest events each year. The event will begin 6 p.m. ET Thursday, March 15 at the Centennial Building. The night includes dinner anchored by Charlie Norton’s famous rib-eye steaks and auctions and raffles on more than $24,000 worth of contributions and prizes, including a 50/50 raffle. Tickets for the event are $60 and can be purchased at Hannon Insurance and Ramsey's Printing and Office Products in Port St. Joe. The winners of the banquet are the beneficiaries of the community service projects supported by the Lions Club. Nearly $30,000 was raised at 2017’s banquet for community service programs in the panhandle.