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Festival of Ice Cools August Heat

A month long celebration of the invention of the ice making machine begins this weekend in Apalachicola. The Water Street Festival of Ice - a tribute to Apalachicola's own Dr. John Gorrie - kicks off Sunday, Aug. 7 with an Ice Cream Churn-off at 3 p.m. followed by Ice Cream Tasting Event at 5 pm. Later that evening, there will be a retro-dance party from 7-10 downtown on Water Street. This weekend's event is the first of several planned throughtout August.

On Aug. 14, there will be free snow cones at riverfront park followed by a concert from 7-10. On Aug. 21, come enjoy Cool Jazz on a Hot Summer Night on the docks at the Icehouse on Water Street from 7-10 p.m. The month-long series of events will culminate with a tribute to Dr. "Iceman" Gorrie at the Apalachicola Municipal Library. Biographer Vivian Sherlock will be on hand to to discuss her book "Fever Man" the biography of Dr. John Gorrie. The Aug. 28 event will also feature music. Throughout the month, you can stroll through the City of Apalachicola's Center for History, Culture and Arts and learn about Apalachicola's Ice Era through an interpretive exhibit that will be on display.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 at 9:35 PM

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