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

Apalachicola, Florida 32320



PEARLS Exhibition

PEARLS: Preserving and Embracing Apalachicola's Rich Legacy of Shotguns
A showcase of Apalachicola's shotgun and other historic houses to raise awareness of their history, simple beauty and usefulness for the creation of affordable housing. throughout the month of April 2017. All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 1: Opening Party (6-8PM)
Center for History, Culture & Arts, 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) & Celebration (5PM)
Holy Family Senior Center, 7th Street and Avenue L
Enjoy a historic exhibit of rare old photographs of Holy Family School and the African-American Hill community, followed by music and dance performances.

Tuesday, April 4: Meet & Greet Artist Karen Hitt
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 History, Culture and Art Center. Bring your own supplies (scholarships available).

Saturday, April 8: Save Our Shotguns: A Symposium (9AM-4PM)
History, Culture and Art Center
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 Poetry (6:30PM)

Saturday, April 22: Painting Workshops with Folk Artist Ernest Lee (1-3PM)
History, Culture and Art Center
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 History, Culture and Art Center.

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)
Apalachicola Historical Society, at the Raney House, Market Street and Avenue F
A cinematic oral history 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)
Venue to be announced
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)
History, Culture and Art Center
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.


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