There are plenty of options vying for your spare time this weekend, several of which carry support for a good cause.

There are plenty of options vying for your spare time this weekend, several of which carry support for a good cause.

Headlining the billboard is “Nashville to Port St. Joe,”, a fundraiser taking place at the Haughty Heron Saturday and featuring Nashville as well as local recording artists.

Grant Maloy Smith, in the midst of a tour that is taking him around the country to promote his unique bluegrass sound and a recent release, “Dust Bowl: American Stories,” will be the headliner.

Smith grew up in Milton with a Kentucky-born grandmother who instilled in him the love of country and bluegrass, so-called Americana music.

The event will benefit the Iglesia San Jose Obrero humanitarian program for women and children in Manta, Ecuador.

Opening for Smith and his band will be local group, Cypress Trio.

The lineup also includes Justin Love, a rising inspirational singer/songwriter originally from Waco, TX and now residing in Nashville; Keith Wayne, a prolific songwriter and singer living in Nashville; and Grant Randolph, a Nashville-based singer, songwriter, producer and talent manager.

In addition to the concert, there will be a silent auction which will feature, among a host of other items, guitars signed by Taylor Swift and Brookes & Dunn.

“The guitars alone are probably worth a few hundred dollars, but the autographs of Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn, they are priceless,” said event organizer Grant Randolph.

“We are proud of the talent we have lined up for this event. If you like country music, (this event) is the place to be.”

The record Smith is supporting, “Dust Bowl”, was three years in the research and writing, Smith said.

The album garnered excellent reviews and spent 10 weeks this summer in the top 10 of several Billboard sales charts.

Tickets to “Nashville to Port St. Joe” are $15 at the door. All ages will be admitted for the event. VIP meet-and-greet and the silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. ET with music beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

For more information call 615-332-1222 or visit “Nashville to Port St. Joe” on Facebook.

The Haughty Heron is located at 117 Sailors Cove Dr. in Port St. Joe.



2. Purchase a pork plate and support the Wewahitchka Woman’s Club. The Wewahitchka Woman’s Club will hold a BBQ pulled-pork fundraiser 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. CT Friday, Sept. 29, at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Fellowship Hall in Wewahitchka. Each dinner includes a pulled-pork sandwich, cole slaw, baked beans and pound cake for just $7 a plate. Delivery is available. All proceeds support the Woman’s Club’s many community projects, which range from patriotic decorating of the city to supporting programs in the schools. For more information contact Carolyn Watson (340-1984), Pat Stripling (639-2262), Dana Boyer (227-5303), Dianne Semmes (227-6425), Patty Fisher (832-9436) or any club member.


3. Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in Port St. Joe’s George Core Park. This the last gasp for summer hours at the lighthouse as the seasons begin to change. The lighthouse is open 11 a.m. until 6 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.



4. Hurricane relief supply drive at Living Waters. Living Waters Church in Mexico Beach is sponsoring a hurricane relief supply drive for impacted areas of Florida and Texas. New, unused items are requested: Work gloves, dishwashing gloves, scrub brushes, dust mask, liquid laundry detergent (25 or 50 oz.), liquid household cleaner (12 or 16 oz, no sprays), dish soap, clothespins, clothesline, sponges, heavy duty trash bags, handi-wipes or reusable cleaning wipes, box fans, insect repellent spray, 5-gallon buckets with lid, heavy duty 14-gauge extension cords, 2-gallon pump-up sprayers, flat-billed shovels and rakes are among the items. Bins are conveniently located under the front porch at Living Waters Church, located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach. For more information contact Pastor Dave Gieseking at 850-702-1255 or 954-804-8338.


5. SHH ‘Lunch and Learn.’ Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf and Covenant Care will co-host a “Lunch and Learn” 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET today at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. The program is titled, “Working Together for the Residents of Gulf County” will be a discussion of the services the two provide and how it benefits the community. The program will be presented by Wes Richardson, volunteer coordinator and physician advocate at SHHG and Sandia Hompont, account executive for Covenant Care. The event is free. Contact Richardson at 229-5603 for more information.