Memorial Day means barbecue and beach for many, but the calendar also provides its share of suggestions.

Here are a few.



County dedicates playground to Whitfield. The county will formally dedicate the playground at Max Fleming Park in Howard Creek to the memory of former Commissioner Freddie Whitfield, who passed away suddenly last year. The dedication is 10 a.m. ET this morning at Max Fleming Park in Howard Creek. County Commissioner David Rich, who was appointed to succeed Whitfield, said dedication of the playground was a continuation of efforts Whitfield made before his death. “I am trying to finish what he started,” Rich said. The public is invited to attend this free event.


Plein Air South exhibit at The Joe. The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, will host an art exhibit by the members of the Plein Air South painters conference in May and June. The exhibit features the work of artist Roger Dale Brown, a landscape artist of national renown who delivered the keynote address at the Plein Air South conference. The exhibit also includes paintings from life by more than 20 artists from Florida and other southern states.

The Plein Air South exhibit will be free and open to the public on Thursdays (10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET), Fridays (10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET) and Saturdays (10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET) from May 24 until June 20.



Buy a butt, support a cause. The South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department, the county’s busiest among the volunteer fire departments will hold its World Famous Butt Roast fundraiser Thursday through Saturday. To guarantee an order, go online now at to place your order for pick-up at Salinas Park Bayside opposite the fire station May 24-26.

Hours for pick-up will be 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Saturday.

Walk-up orders will depend on availability: first-come, first-served.

On Friday and Saturday, volunteers will also be selling pulled-pork sandwich meals for $9, with each meal including sandwich, chips, coleslaw and drink.

Family-to-go boxes for four include one pound of shredded pork, four buns, four chips, pot of coleslaw, four drinks and barbecue sauce.

Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support the fire department’s life saving and first aid equipment among other fire safety and education items.

Donations are always welcome; go to any time.



Honor vetersans on Memorial Day. The John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 in Port St. Joe will host a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. ET Monday at Veterans Memorial Park in Beachon Hill. The service will honor the county’s and country’s fallen veterans. Lunch will follow at the VFW Post home on Trout Ave. in Highland View. Everyone is invited to attend and honor our fallen heroes.




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.