A few suggestions pre- and post-holiday

The holiday season lures family and friends around living rooms and under Christmas trees around the county.

Those are the events that count during the holiday season.

But, the calendar is not quite bare and there are also options to consider after the holidays.

A few suggestions.


Lighthouse Christmas holiday hours. Wish to climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse during the Christmas season? Last minute shopping to do?

Well, check out the lighthouse and Gift Shop, located in “Sleeping Beauty” at the foot of the lighthouse, during the special holiday hours.

The lighthouse and gift shop will be open today and Friday, 12-5 p.m. ET, and will be closed Saturday. Same hours for the following week leading in New Year’s Eve.



Butts by the Bay. The First United Methodist Mens’s Group will host its second annual Butts on the Bay Rib Cook-Off and BBQ Dinner the Saturday after New Year’s, Jan. 6. The event will be held 12-5 p.m. ET in Sailor’s Cove across First Street from Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe. There will be live music from the Bo Spring Band, BBQ plates (pulled pork, cole slaw, beans and bread), whole Boston Butts (pre-sold, pick-up day of event, $35 each), homemade baked goods for sale from the United Methodist Women and children and family activities.

Cooking teams, manning grills smoking across from Ronnie B’s and wishing to compete in the Rib Cook-Off can view rules and official entry form by visiting www.psjumc.org/upcoming-events/rib-cook-off. A $50 entry fee is required, and all proceeds benefit local charities.

For those that would rather have someone else man the barbeque you can purchase whole smoked Boston Butts for $35 to be picked up the day of the event. Pulled Pork Plates with all the fixings will be available for eat in or carry out. Advanced tickets are available by calling the church at 227-1724, or just stop in to the event.

All proceeds support local community missions including Forgotten Coast Wounded Warriors, Boy Scouts of America, Christian Community Development Fund, Gulf County Domestic Violence Fund, Gulf Coast Hope Center, Oak Grove Community Wide Dinners, PSJ High School Athletics, and more.







Thursdays at the Theatre return. The historic Port Theatre’s popular music series, Thursdays at the Theatre, will pick back up 7 p.m. ET January 18 with Tony Partington and The Recollections. Partington has had a successful career spanning more than 30 years, appearing in regional theater, movies and television, singing at concert halls around the country. He studied classical voice and long owned the historic Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola. The Recollections are veterans musicians with well over a century of experience and have a wide repertoire, including jazz, Broadway, oldies, classic rock, Blues, gospel, folk and Italian love songs.

Thursday at the Theatre is booked through April, with Jesse Posa, a New York “Sinatra” singer performing with a big band in February, Go Big or Go Home in March and Anna Wilson and Monty Powell, local artists who founded Troubador 77 early this year, in April. No every performance is on Thursday, as event organizers had to work around performer’s schedules. To learn more and reserve tickets visit www.historicporttheatre.com.