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Apalachicola Tree City Celebration
April 13 @ 8:00 am - April 22 @ 5:00 pm
A 10-day celebration of art, music, poetry, history, science and storytelling in appreciation of Apalachicola’s beloved canopy of trees and in recognition of Apalachicola’s designation by the National Arbor Foundation as a Tree City USA. The Apalachicola Tree City Celebration is a community-wide effort to raise awareness and appreciation of our urban forest through art, education and storytelling, and to encourage the protection and care of Apalachicola’s natural treasures. Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water Street.
Saturday, April 13-April 22
- Artist-TREE Exhibit- An art show and sale featuring wood and tree-based creations including carvings, bowls, furniture, dioramas, birdhouses, totems and wall art showcasing the creative possibilities and the powerful connection between human beings and the world of trees.
- Opening Reception for Artist-Tree – Wine and small bites 5:00 – 7:00 pm Plus, Tree Give-Away. Win a 6’ live oak, 4’ cypress or 2’ longleaf pine ready for planting. Winners will be announced that evening.
Monday, April 15
- Tree City Celebration Plein Air Painting Workshop 9:00am – 4:00 pm Award-winning artist Ed Nickerson leads a workshop in oil techniques of plein air painting. Workshop is FREE. Space is limited, must pre-register. Call HCA at 653-1458 to register.
- Cannonballs and Storms: A History of the Southern Live Oak 5:00 pm. Will Liner, Urban Forestry Program Manager at the Florida Forest Service, will talk about this quintessential tree that is so much a part of life in Apalachicola and the gulf coast. He will describe some of the most famous uses of the live oak by humans and wildlife through time, and the audience is encouraged to bring their own stories.
Tuesday, April 16
- Great Trees of Apalachicola & How to Keep Them Great (The Love Affair Between Science & Our Trees) 5:00 pm. Stan Rosenthal of Big Bend Forestry Services and UF/IFAS Extension Forestry Agent Emeritus team up with Sam Hand, Associate Professor at FAMU’s Division of Agricultural Services, to discuss the ways we humans can better care for our trees and ensure their longevity, a relevant topic in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
Wednesday, April 17
- Susan Cerulean — Keynote Speaker 5:00 pm. Thoughts on the natural beauty that surrounds us here on the Forgotten Coast and a call for its protection, from the award-winning author of “Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change,” a self-described naturalist and earth advocate and President of the Friends of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge.
Thursday, April 18
- Native Trees and Their Relationship to Wildlife 5:00 pm. Mark Tancig, Writer and Community Resources Horticultural Agent for UF Extension Services in Leon County, offers the latest findings on studies linking an abundance of native trees with an increase in native wildlife.
- History of Logging on the Apalachicola River- Gibby Conrad 6:00 pm. A lifelong student of Gulf Coast maritime history and a pioneer of ecotourism in the Apalachicola estuary, he shares stories of logging and recovering precious cypress and pine from the river.
Monday, April 22 (at the Gazebo in Lafayette Park)
- Earth Day Celebration Tree City Poetry – 4:00 pm “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree” – Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) Grab your favorite tree poem to read aloud or write your own and share and share it at this poetry gathering to honor our trees. Students, adults and all who love trees are welcome. Bring your own chair.
- Community Potluck 5:00pm Bring a dish to share, plus your own plate and utensils to reduce on paper/plastic waste.
- Earth Day Concert featuring the Hot Tamales 6:00 pm. Adrian Fogelin and Craig Reeder are the upbeat acoustic duo behind the Hot Tamales, playing swing, blues, jazz and folk music that will draw you in with thoughtful lyrics about the natural world around us and then send you toe-tapping to the dance floor. Wine and refreshments provided. $10 suggested donation. Bring your own chair or blanket.