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Saturday, April 1, 2017 through Saturday, April 29, 2017

Apalachicola, Florida 32320



PEARLS Exhibition

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Saturday, April 1:  OPENING PARTY (6-8PM) at Center for History, Culture & Arts (HCA), Water Street. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and an eclectic art exhibit featuring paintings, photographs, birdhouses,   models    and more – all with shotgun houses as their motif. Exhibitors are local and national, novices and professionals.

Sunday, April 2: RECEPTION (4PM) & TALENT SHOW (5PM) at Holy Family Senior Center. 7th Street and Avenue L. Enjoy an exhibit of rare old photographs of Holy Family School and the African American Hill  community, followed by music and dance performances. Photo exhibit will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 2-5PM, throughout the month.

Tuesday, April 4: MEET & GREET ARTIST KAREN HITT. At HCA. See Hitt’s work at

Wednesday April 5-Friday April 7: PLEIN AIR PAINT-A-SHOTGUN WORKSHOP with Karen Hitt. Open to artists of any experience and any medium. Sign up at HCA. Bring your own supplies (scholarships available).

Saturday, April 8: SAVE OUR SHOTGUNS: A SYMPOSIUM (9AM-4PM) at HCA. Presentations by various professionals provide an opportunity to learn about preservation, restoration, affordable housing and   community culture; ideas exchange followed by Q & A.

Saturday, April 8: STREET JAM BETWEEN 2 SHOTGUNS (6-9PM)   Ave L between 8th and 9th Streets. Live music featuring the music of 20th century Apalachicola; bar-b-que dinners for sale.

Sunday, April 9: “BLESS US ALL,” AN INTERFAITH SERVICE (9-10:30AM) Tabernacle of Faith, 8th Street between Avenues H and I. Ministers of several local churches will lead us in a rousing outdoor church service.

Tuesday, April 18: PEARLS POETS (6:30PM) at HCA. To read your work, preregister at Poetry must be related to PEARLS.

Saturday, April 22: PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH FOLK ARTIST ERNEST LEE (1-3PM) at HCA. Lee has been called “Florida’s Van Gogh” and his work has been displayed across the country. Limited enrollment; sign up early! MEET & GREET with ERNEST LEE (5-7PM) at HCA.

Sunday, April 23: HIDDEN HOUSE TOUR (1-3PM)  Convene at 1PM at Holy Family, 7th Street at Avenue L. A walking tour highlighting some of the all but disappeared shotguns on “the Hill.”

Thursday, April 27: “APALACHICOLA HILLSIDE ARCHIVE PROJECT” (6-8PM) at History, Culture & Art Center, Water Street. Oral histories of some of the Hill’s older residents filmed by “native daughter” Sarah Ocea Williams. Ms. Williams holds degrees in Digital Filmmaking and Media & Communications and is a member of NY Women in Film and TV .

Friday, April 28: CROSSING JORDAN (7-9PM) at Chapman Auditorium, Avenue E and 12th Street. A stage production of an award-winning children’s novel by Adrian Fogelin. The City’s Project Impact students performed this musical play six years ago; now the author, students, and members of the Panhandle Players team up to bring us once again this “sensitive portrayal of racial conflict in a Tallahassee neighborhood.”

Saturday, April 29 and Sunday April 30: CROSSING JORDAN (2-4PM) Matinee performances.                                                

Saturday, April 29: CLOSING PARTY (6-8PM) at HCA. Mingle with the artists as we close out our month-long celebration of Apalachicola’s rich legacy of shotguns.

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH, you are invited to participate in (1) a self-guided walking tour of shotgun houses on the Hill, (2) using our interactive map and (3) our Story Corps program. The exhibit of photographs of Holy Family students and teachers will be open Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays from 2 to 5PM at Holy Family Senior Center on 7th Street and Avenue L. Visit our website at


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