Just a few takeaways from the calendar



A few suggestions from a busy calendar in the week ahead.




The Mexico Beach Farmers Market. The Mexico Beach Farmers and Craft Market will be held Saturday in Parker Park. New winter hours are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. CT. Shop for fresh, local vegetables and baked goods as well as gifts and goodies from local craftspeople. Parker Park is located at 2500 U.S. Highway 98. Vendor applications are available at mexicobeach.com under calendar of events.




Enjoy a concert by classical guitarist Peter Fletcher. Fletcher will perform Music of Four Centuries at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 4 p.m. ET Monday. Peter offers an audience friendly, solo recital featuring repertoire that spans from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century. His program features the Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 and Lute Suite No. 3 by J. S. Bach, Paganini’s exciting and ever popular Caprice No. 24, the fiendishly difficult Five Bagatelles by British composer William Walton, and the great Spanish masterwork Cordoba by Isaac Albeniz. Fletcher is a renowned musician and performed a solo recital earlier this year at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. The program is free and the performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries. The Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library is located at 110 Library Drive in Port St. Joe. Call 229-8879 or visit www.nwrls.com for more information.



Enjoy a taste of Mardi Gras at St. James. Does a piping hot bowl of award-winning chicken or seafood gumbo prepared by Chef Maggie Ray sound good to you? That, alongside a crisp tossed salad, warm French bread and butter, with a deliciously decadent dessert, and beverage of your choice can be your dinner fare 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday at the fourth annual St. James’ Episcopal Church Mardi Gras Gumbo Festival! You’ll also be treated to live, lively music by the Port St. Joe Mighty Fine Band whose repertoire includes something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are $14 per person and that includes everything, plus your chance to win some wonderful door prizes, too! Call the church office at 227-1845. Leave a voicemail and we will contact you at convenient time. All proceeds go toward helping ECW reach out to help others in need in our community, around the US, and around the world. Your support in the past has put food on tables and presents under the Christmas trees of local families, and has equipped with survival skills those living in poverty ridden countries, delivered disaster relief for hurricane victims both near and far, and provided preventive medical care to many who lack those resources. So, Laissez les bon temps rouler! Have a grand time celebrating Mardi Gras with great food, cool music, and good clean fun! Put on some purple beads and let yourself go! See you in the parish hall at St James Episcopal, 800 22nd St, Port St Joe, on Feb. 13.



Enjoy a comedy from the Panhandle Players. “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” is a lover's delight, a romantic comedy that centers not on the typical boy meets girl, but on the frivolity found in being a senior citizen. It’s fun for all ages, not just the over-60 set, and it promises to feature loads of laughs.

Set in the Upper East Side in Manhattan, in a rent-controlled apartment lovingly maintained by the widow Sylvia Charles (Liz Sisung), the action begins with the arrival of young Bridget Charles (Alicia Sculley), Sylvia’s granddaughter, who is looking forward to their summer living together in advance of her starting law school in the fall. Bridget hits it off great with Sylvia’s best friend Vera Walters (Sue Bernagozzi), plus she takes a liking to the neighborhood policeman Tom O’Grady (Don Sculley). But, the young lady soon learns that there’s something fishy going on in the apartment, and her Nana has something to do with this funny business. Things get complicated when the fussbudget landlord Gil Schmidt (Bob Inguagiato) snoops around looking for a reason to oust Sylvia. Plus there’s the sudden arrival of young hottie Heather Van Pree (Michele Boston), who’s in search of a wrongly delivered shipment from UPS. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET and Sunday at 3 p.m. ET at the Chapman Auditorium, 155 Avenue A in Apalachicola. Tickets are $15. Box office opens one hour before show time.