It’s a busy time in Gulf County and as we creep toward summer and the temperature rises, residents will be looking for a reason to get outdoors. We’ve compiled eight great upcoming events for consideration.
The Great Plein Air Paint-Out is in full effect for a few more days. Head over to the Mexico Beach Welcome Center on Thursday for an art demonstration with a meet and greet to follow.
On Friday, stop by the Wetroom on Reid Avenue at 2 p.m. for the “Art as a Window” roundtable discussion with professional Plein Air artists. They’ll discuss how they see the world, interpret it and bring it to a canvas for others to see.
“The artists say that we have the best Plein Air in the country,” reminded Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition Vice President Natalie Shoaf.
The eleventh annual Kids Win Fishing Tournament will take place this weekend. Fishing rod pickup, casting classes and a rules meeting will be held on May 10 and the tournament kicks off bright and early the following morning at 7 a.m ET. Get your little one registered for some free fishing fun!
To close out the Plein Air festivities, the Grand Patron’s Party will take place at the Wetroom on Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Meet the artists, view the paintings from the event and even purchase a canvas that moves you. The winner of the Artist’s Choice award will also be revealed. Tickets for the event are $40.
After your time in the Wetroom, head over to George Core Park to experience some auditory awesomeness at the Music through the Years Music Festival. Tickets are $10 and the money will go toward the Centennial Celebration starting in June. Enjoy live tunes from The Villagers, Go Big or Go Home, The Boyer Band and many more. Music starts at 3 p.m. ET and goes until 11. Advance tickets are on sale at Boyer Signs, Sunset Coastal Grill, St. Joe Music Company and at the park gates.
“It’s a birthday for the whole community,” said event coordinator Dana Boyer. “We need the whole community to contribute.”
If you’re feeling truly inspired by a week’s worth of art, painter Greg LaRock will be teaching his own class, “Guiding the Eye” at the Wetroom on May 12 and 13 at 9 a.m. ET. The fee for his workshop is $200 and registration can be completed online. Attendees will learn how to create focal points in their art in order to stimulate the senses of the viewer.
Plein Air’s finale, “Art in the Afternoon” is a family-friendly event also taking place on Saturday. Starting at 11 a.m. ET at the Wetroom, the eventwill feature art activities for the kids and light refreshments for all. This is the final opportunity to purchase plein air art and bid farewell to the artists (until next year, of course).
As several great events end, another is just on the horizon.
On May 18 Gulf County will celebrate the twenty-third annual Tupelo Honey Festival at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka. Taste or take home some of the country’s finest honey. Food vendors, arts and crafts and live music acts will be on hand to celebrate the hard work of the honeybee.
With so much to do and see over the coming days and weeks, you won’t want to waste a moment of time indoors.