Thursday, March 30, 2017

News From Save Our Shotguns


presents PEARLS (Preserving and Embracing Apalachicola's Rich Legacy of Shotguns)

Celebrating our city's historic shotgun houses throughout the month of April.

"Orange Street" by Beth Appleton 2017© 
THIS SATURDAY April 1      
PEARLS Launch Party at the Center for History, Culture and Art
6 - 8 p.m.  Free and open to all; wine & hors d'oeuvres
Art Exhibit & Sale
An eclectic art show featuring paintings, photographs, birdhouses, models and more – over 200 artworks all with shotgun houses as their motif.                                           
Interactive Map
Introducing the Save Our Shotguns on-line neighborhood map. Click a location to learn more about it; OR tell what you know about it. 
Walking Tour Guide
Release of the Self-Guided Walking Tour Guide highlighting 17 structures on the Hill.





THIS SUNDAY April 2
Photography & History Exhibit
Holy Family Senior Center, 7th Street & Avenue L
Reception at 4 p.m.  PEARLS Celebration Talent Show at 5 p.m.
Refreshments; Free & Open to the Public

The unknown photographer behind these photos taken between 1959 and 1968 had a good eye, and captured community life at the Holy Family School with sensitivity and heart.  Many people pictured are still alive today, and they are especially invited to come find themselves and their friends in these old photographs.

This exhibit is made possible thanks to the Society of Saint Edmund Archives located in Vermont, which has preserved over 100 photographs from the time the school was run by the Edmundite priests.  It remains on display throughout the month of April.

Gallery open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 2 to 5 PM with the exception of Sundays April 2, 16, and 30.

next SATURDAY  April 8
from 9 - 5 p.m.
Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water Street
Participate in all or any part of this free day-long conversation about recent advances in ways to create affordable housing and livable neighborhoods through historic preservation.


PEARLS
Symposium and Ideas Exchange

9:00  Doors open

9:30 – 10:45
When 'What's Old Is New Again'
The Challenges of Tailoring Land Use Regulation and Tapping Technology
Ryan Rowberry is a tenured associate professor and the co-director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth. He teaches Property Law, Natural Resources Law, and Environmental Law.
John Travis Marshall is an assistant professor at the Georgia State University College of Law, where he teaches and serves as associate director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.

11:00 – 12:00
Finding, Fitting and Funding: Preserving the Old and Building the New
in a Historic Southern Neighborhood
Carey Shea is the founder and executive director of Home by Hand a nonprofit housing development and advocacy organization headquartered in New Orleans. Prior to launching Home by Hand, Carey led Project Home Again, building over 170 homes for families that had lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina.
  
12:00 – 1:00    Lunch at any of Apalachicola's fine restaurants.

1:00 – 2:00
Ten Lessons for Designing and Preserving Small Towns
Educated in anthropology, city planning and architecture at the Universities of Arkansas and Pennsylvania, Richard Dagenhart is now Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.  Dagenhart’s  current teaching focuses on urban design, urban history and environmental issues with studies including neighborhood preservation and redevelopment in Savannah, Georgia.

2:15 – 3:15
The Hill: Past, Present and Future
Ruffin Rhodes, AIA is a Florida Registered Architect and owner/partner of Rhodes+Brito Architects located in Orlando, Florida.  Ruffin was born in Apalachicola and is the oldest of four children.  His father was the late Air Force Chief Master Sargent Ruffin L. Rhodes and his mother is Bertha Croom.  As a teenager, Ruffin worked with his grandfather to build and repair many of the homes on the Hill.

3:15 – 4:00  What's Next for Apalachicola?
Panel discussion with all our presenters and q&a







Get Involved! Save Our Shotguns

no amount is too big or too small; donations in the form of a building or lot are welcome. 

Volunteer
there are all sorts of opportunities to pitch in.

to find out more. 

We appreciate your support!




Save Our Shotguns Apalachicola is a non-profit 501(c)(3) working to preserve the historic structures of Apalachicola for the purpose of affordable housing.  We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to our mission: to preserve historic structures, to create housing for low and moderate income people, and to create training and jobs for local residents.


Apalachicola Reserve Hosts Workshop On Bay-Friendly Landscaping

~Learn tips to help you create a Bay-Friendly yard~
Bay-friendly yards use native shrubs and trees in place of large lawns which means less maintenance and more habitat for wildlife.

WHAT:     Bay-Friendly Landscaping Workshop

WHEN:    Saturday, April 8, 2017
               1:00 pm-3:30 pm

WHERE:  Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
               108 Island Dr.
               Eastpoint, FL 32328

HOW:       Workshop is free. $20 per barrel (Limit one barrel per house)
                Please click HERE to register for the class in advance.

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) will be hosting a bay-friendly landscaping workshop on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 1:00-3:30 pm. Yard design and maintenance can have a big impact on adjacent water bodies. Learn how you can transform your yard into a luscious bay-conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and bio-swales to filter storm water.

Following the discussion participants will have the option, for a small fee, to assemble their own rain barrel that they can take home. Rain barrels are made conveniently from locally available materials. The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. The class is free, but rain barrels are $20.00 per barrel. Please click HERE to register for the class in advance. Rain barrels must be paid for in advance at the ANERR Visitor Center, Tues-Sat 9:00am to 4:00pm. 

For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 or send an email to Emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson guest on Internet Radio Talk Show

Show Talk with Angela Butler

Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson was interviewed today March 27, 2017, by Angela Butler, owner and host of “Show Talk with Angela Butler”, an internet radio show located at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/angela-butler.

The Mayor shared a wealth of information during the hour-long interview with Butler, which included aspects of his mayoral administration, his health and his faith.  CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN

Main Street Installs Directional Signs in Downtown Apalachicola


The Historic Apalachicola Main Street Program has undertaken another beneficial project to better direct the flow of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic to businesses located throughout the downtown area.

The Main Street Program works in partnership with the City of Apalachicola to lead revitalization and historic preservation efforts in the downtown district. This morning March 27, 2017, the program installed a directional sign in the Bowery district, on the corner of Commerce Street and Avenue F. One of several slated for installation in downtown Apalachicola.


The sign was created by Fred Eubanks Custom Ornamental Ironwork of Thomasville, Georgia. Fred and his assistant Mitchell Barrs made the sign unique with accents such as nautical rope and boats created from iron. The shrimp boat silhouette was created using a photo of the Buddy’s Boys, provided by local resident T.J. Ward.

The sailing ship was created using a painting of the Montezuma, which shipped cotton from the port of Apalachicola. The weatherproof vinyl lettering was done by Sign Design in Eastpoint, and can be easily updated as businesses change.


The goal of Historic Apalachicola Main Street is to install a few more of these signs in the downtown district to help visitors find restaurants, shops, points of interest, etc.  Each sign will have unique ironwork that pays tribute to the maritime past and present of the Historic City of Apalachicola.

Special thanks to the City of Apalachicola and City staffers, Greg and Johnny Harris for their assistance in the installation.

PEARLS Symposium and Ideas Exchange: April 8, 2017


PEARLS
Symposium and Ideas Exchange
April 8, 2017
At the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art
86 Water Street
Apalachicola, Florida 32320

9:00  Doors open
9:30 – 10:45 Ryan Rowberry and John Marshall
When "What's Old Is New Again" -- The Challenges of Tailoring Land Use Regulation and Tapping Technology

Ryan Rowberry is a tenured associate professor and the co-director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth. He teaches Property Law, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, and Anglo-American Legal History.

John Travis Marshall is an assistant professor at the Georgia State University College of Law, where he teaches Environmental Law, Land Use Law, and Property Law and serves as associate director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.

11:00 – 12:00 Carey Shea
Finding, Fitting and Funding: Preserving the Old and Building the New in a Historic Southern Neighborhood

Carey Shea is the founder and executive director of Home by Hand a nonprofit housing development and advocacy organization headquartered in New Orleans. Prior to launching Home by Hand, Carey led Project Home Again, a recovery organization that built over 170 homes for families that had lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch at any of Apalachicola's fine restaurants
1:00 – 2:00 Richard Dagonhart
Ten Lessons for Designing and Preserving Small Towns

Educated in anthropology, city planning and architecture at the Universities of Arkansas and Pennsylvania, Richard Dagenhart is now Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.  Dagenhart’s  current teaching focuses on urban design, urban history and environmental issues with studios ranging from urban design strategies for sea level rise on the Georgia Coast to neighborhood preservation and redevelopment in Savannah and small towns across Georgia.

2:15 – 3:15 Ruffin Rhodes
The Hill: Past, Present and Future

Ruffin Rhodes, AIA is a Florida Registered Architect and owner and partner of Rhodes+Brito Architects located in Orlando, Florida.  It is one of the most respected mid-sized architectural practices in central Florida.  Ruffin was born in Apalachicola and is the oldest of four children.  He is the son of a retired Air Force Chief Master Sargent Ruffin L. Rhodes (deceased)  and Bertha Croom both from Apalachicola.  Ruffin has fond memories of Apalachicola and worked with his grandfather (Ruffin Rhodes) to build and repair many of the homes on the Hill as a teenager.

3:15 – 4:00  What's Next for Apalachicola?
Panel discussion with all our presenters and Q&A

For more information visit saveourshotguns.org.

Exciting basketball action coming to Apalachicola this weekend


It’s That Time Again!!!

The 2nd Annual Forgotten Coast Basketball Classic will kick-off in Apalachicola, FL this weekend inside the old Apalachicola High School Gymnasium, a.k.a. “The Matchbox”.  The tournament will commence at 6:00 P.M., EDT on Friday, March 31 and run through Sunday, April 1, 2017.

This past year, during the 1st Annual Forgotten Coast Basketball Classic teams as far away as Atlanta, Pensacola, Tallahassee and Panama City traveled to Apalachicola en route to The Matchbox to participate.

The organizers of this Annual Basketball Classic are asking that the community come out and support the event!

Friday, March 17, 2017

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: The Obituary of Gwendolyn Cecilia (Mikal) Johnson-Turk

November 4, 1957 - March 14, 2017

Gwendolyn Cecilia (Mikal) Johnson-Turk, (a.k.a. “Wendy”) 59, of Stockbridge, GA passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA.

Mikal was born in Apalachicola, Florida on November 4, 1957, to the late Deacon Abe Johnson, Sr., and the late Pastor Azalee Pollock-Johnson. She was baptized at an early age by the late Rev. Raymond A. Roger, former Pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Apalachicola.  She attended Apalachicola High School up to her junior year before moving to Dayton, OH to live with her older sister (Sandra), where she attended and graduated from Belmont High School and attended college at Wright State University. Mikal moved to Atlanta, GA in 1980, and found employment with Atlanta Gas Light, later with Marta Train Transportation and at AT&T before becoming an entrepreneur.  After making her home in the Atlanta area, she met and married on September 26, 1987, her husband of 30-years, Odis Turk.

She is survived by Odis and one son Michaiah Israel (Winnie), four brothers, Dr. Abe Johnson, Jr., (Mittie), The Rev. Aldrich D. Johnson, Sr., (Faye), Apalachicola Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., (Gail), Robert Hall Johnson, (Teresa), two sisters, Evangelist Andra L. Johnson-Bryan (Preston), and Ethel Banks and a host of nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins and close family friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three siblings, Vennie Carolyn Johnson-Hall, Sandra Lee Johnson and Viola Johnson.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the International Christian Fellowship Ministries - 461 School Dr. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30354, the Rev. William BGK Harris, Pastor. Dr. Johnson (her eldest brother) will deliver the eulogy. The final resting place will be in Resthaven Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jomarcus Collins (cousin), Anthony Rucker (family friend) Aldrich D. Johnson, Jr., (nephew), Van W. Johnson, II (nephew), Ezekiel B. Johnson (nephew) and Randall L. Johnson (nephew). 

Arrangements are under the direction of Raleigh, Rucker Funeral Home - 2199 Candler Rd, Decatur, GA 30032. Family visitation will be held at Raleigh, Rucker Funeral Home on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., followed by Friends from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. The repast will be held inside the International Christian Fellowship Ministries fellowship hall/dining area.  Flowers and arrangements can be sent directly to the funeral home and sympathy cards can be addressed and mailed to Michaiah Israel at 3204 Fairington Club Dr., Lithonia, GA 30038.

Blood Drive at Weems Hospital


BLOOD DRIVE

Date: Monday, 03/27/2017 from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Location:  George E. Weems Memorial Hospital (Bloodmobile) - 135 Avenue G, Apalachicola, FL 32320
Make an Appointment: Click Here

Why Give Blood?

There is no substitute for human blood.  When you donate blood with OneBlood, you are making an immediate contribution to the health and welfare of your community. Blood is needed by patients facing planned and unplanned medical procedures, trauma victims, cancer patients and premature babies.  Your donation will help an ill or injured patient within a few days.  The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

What do I have to do:

Making an appointment is easy.
Click on the link located below.  You will see the blood drive appointment schedule.  Select a time that you wish to donate.  Once you choose a time you will be directed to our website to log in.  Enter your username and password.  If you have forgotten either your username or password, click on the links located below the submit button.  If you have any questions, please call 1-888-936-6283.

Click Here now to make your appointment! You are going to save a life!

Questions and Comments:
If you have any questions about donating blood, please visit www.OneBlood.org. If you have any questions about the blood drive, contact Heather Huron at hhuron@weemsmemorial.com.

Friday, March 10, 2017

HCA Berry Gallery Tour 5:00-6:00pm Tomorrow

Peter and Licia Berry

Peter and Licia Berry Exhibit
Art and Technology: The Divine Marriage
Saturday, March 11 - 5-6 pm - HCA Gallery Tour
Tour the gallery and hear about fractals with Peter’s work and about the Sacred Feminine in art with Licia’s art and book. Meet and Greet the artists and book signing.     
  
Paulette Moss, Director
Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art
Apalachicola School of Art
86 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320 
1-855-APALACH (855-272-5224)

Apalachicola P&Z to Hold Planning Workshop Monday, March 13, 2017


The Apalachicola Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Board will host a planning workshop on Monday March 13 at 5 pm to discuss transient lodging revisions in the City. Proposed amendments to the land development code are available for review and download here or visit www.cityofapalachicola.com/BuildingDept.cfm. Visitors are encouraged to attend and comment. Monday's workshop precedes the Board's regular meeting at 6 pm. in which the proposed Weems Memorial Hospital development is scheduled for review. The agenda is available to review here or visit the City's website agenda page here.