North Florida Inland Recovery.Rebuilding.Together.

North Florida Inland Recovery Group works to coordinate recovery services and build resiliency for individuals, families and entities adversely impacted by the 2018 Hurricane Michael in Calhoun and Jackson counties. On Oct. 10, 2018 Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane in Mexico Beach, Florida. With unprecedented force, the hurricane maintained Category 4 strength as it continued inland to devastate a 100-mile wide path from the coast of Florida to the Georgia state line.
Calhoun and Jackson counties were two of the inland counties hit the hardest by Michael’s sustained winds of 150+ mph which blew through for more than four straight hours. The wreckage left is unmatched. Nearly 75 percent of all structures in Calhoun and Jackson counties received significant to catastrophic damage. Today, community and faith-based leaders, as well as non-profit partners from across North Florida have joined to take on long term recovery in Calhoun and Jackson counties. The newly formed North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group is working closely with Carlene Anders of the Disaster Leadership Team to develop a strong organization that will help facilitate the rebuilding of these inland communities. To volunteer, donate, or get help, please go to the website below. All donations are tax-deductible.

*Information above came from the North Florida Inland Recovery website listed below. Please contact them for any information*

New roadside picnic at entrance to Tate’s Hell State Forest

Local legend attributes the forest’s unusual name to Cebe Tate, a local homesteader who became lost in the woods in the mid 1870s. He had ventured into the woods with his hunting dog in order to shoot a panther that had attacked his livestock. The legend is often recounted with Tate becoming separated from his dogs and lost for seven days and seven nights before coming to a clearing near Carrabelle, where he lived only long enough to say to a passerby “My name is Cebe Tate, and I just came from Hell” before collapsing.
Check out the new Florida Forest Service Roadside picnic facility at the entrance to the Ralph G. Kendrick Dwarf Cypress Boardwalk in Tate’s Hell State Forest. The facility is located on Hwy 98 about 7 miles west of Carrabelle. After a hike on the Dwarf. Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch while experiencing the open views of the St. George Sound, St. George Island, and Dog Island. Don’t forget your binoculars!


Happy 4th of July~Pet safety ideas

Happy 4th of July!

                                                   Here are a few ideas to keep your pets safe. Many dogs get scared when they hear fireworks.                                                                                                                  ~Be sure your dog has a visible and up to date id tag.                                                                                                                                    ~Take a current photo of your pet just in case they get lost and you need a current photo.                                                         ~You can leave music or a TV on to distract your dog from the noise of the fireworks.

Looking for something to do Saturday July 6th?

July 6th from 10am to 11am Native Nurseries of Tallahassee are hosting Butterflies like it hot! This will be held at 1661 Centerville Rd in Tallahassee. It may be hot but it’s not to late to start a butterfly garden and bring color to your yard for summer and fall, as well as colorful butterflies and hummingbirds. Elizabeth Georges will share her recipe for creating a simple and attractive butterfly garden so you can watch the caterpillars transform into butterflies! This is a free workshop and no registration is required. For parking please use the driveway next door to the nursery with the workshop parking sign seen from Centerville Road.
Sankofa Concert “Underground” by Akil Dupont will be from 7pm to 10pm at Cascades Park at 1001 South Gadsden St in Tallahassee. This is a free event concert that will feature songs and dances from Underground, a breath-taking musical that captures one slave’s faith and determination to gain freedom for his family, originally preformed in Atlanta, Ga.



Free Friday(in July) wine tastings ~ Destin Ice Market in Inlet Beach

Free Friday wine tastings at Destin Ice Market 30A at 13062 Hwy 98 E., Inlet Beach 32461 from 4pm to 6pm. This is a recurring event every Friday in July. Each week guests can enjoy tastes of each wine, light bites, and a discount toward their bottle purchases of the weeks selection. A full glass can also be purchased during the tasting for separate prices. Wine tastings are free to attend. Destin Ice Market 30A is a Neighborhood Market that sells Fresh Gulf Seafood, Prime Meats, Fine Wines and Craft Beers, Gourmet Cheeses, Deli and Prepared Foods and more.
It is a market for locals and tourists alike, Destin Ice Market 30A is located at the Crossings at Inlet Beach just minutes from anywhere along 30A.

15th annual open house~July 4th~Greensboro

The 15th annual open house celebration will be at the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum and The Dezell House, July 4, from 9am to 3pm. Coastal Seafood will be serving seafood at the Dezell House from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Also enjoy the Dezell House newest exhibit. This is a great museum for the whole family.

The Dezell House is located at 328 E. 8th Street in Greensboro.

Green Corn Ceremony~July 3rd to July 7th

At Nene Hutke they celebrate Green Corn over 4 days, if you would like to attend but can’t do all 4 days they recommend attending on Sunday, the last day. Green Corn occurs on the new moon closest to the summer solstice and thus falls in either Eastern or Southern Quadrant of the square.  As part of the renewal and thanksgiving of Green Corn, the men perform the Feather Dance to “open the sky” and the women perform the Ribbon Dance to “open the earth”  It is the Muskogee New Year when all is cleansed and renewed. All past offenses are forgiven; the new fire is kindled at sunrise; and the corn fast is broken. In olden times, this High Holiday was celebrated for four or eight days depending upon the town. Many Squares still observe a four day Green Corn, although day one is a day of arrival and day four a day of departure in most Squares that do so. Nene Hutke is located at 664 McKeown Road in Chattahoochee.

Please message them if you need driving directions or for first-time visitor information. On Facebook type in Green Corn Ceremony 2019.


Free Patriotic Concert~June 30

Free Patriotic Concert hosted by the Dothan Area Botanical Garden will be on June 30th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Visitors will be entertained by the 151st Army Band, Army National Guard beginning at 6:30pm in the wedding garden. The hour long outdoor concert will feature patriotic music. Prior to the concert they will have a “meet the musician” session in Ricketts Hall. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Admission to the garden and concert are free. The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens is located at 5130 Headland Ave.

2nd Annual Melons in the Park & Movie Night~June 29th




Farm Credit of Northwest Florida is proud to support the 2nd annual Melon’s in the Park event at the Marianna’s City Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 29th at Madison Street Park in Marianna from 7:30am to 1pm. The market opens at 7am, at 7:30am the festivities kick off with the big red blood mobile, at 8am the kids’ bouncy house obstacle course opens and door prizes and games begin. Then at 9am the seed spitting contest and 10pm is the biggest melon contest, and at 10:30am the HEYWORD Band and concert begins. Plan to come early, stay late, shop, play, eat, and enjoy the morning.

Then plan to come back to Madison Street Park for Movie Night in the Park. It goes from 7:30pm to 9:30pm they will be playing Mary Poppins Returns! Don’t forget to take lawn chairs and/or blankets!

July 4th celebrations~ NOT ALL ARE ON 4TH OF JULY~1st one is tonight

Here are 10 4th of July events happening in the Panhandle over the next week. There are many more out there! One way to check is go to your city’s page and check for events being hosted by them. You can also check on FB under events near you. Be sure to take blankets, or lawn chairs, and probably sunscreen to most of these events. Have fun!

Friday, June 28th from 6-8pm at Magnolia Square in Blountstown. Community-wide Independence Day Celebration. Live music by Easy Company, food from What’s Kookin, and Main Street Blountstown will be selling sweet iced tea and sodas and they will have some freebies for the kids.
June 29th Fireworks at the Fairgrounds at the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Alabama from 5pm to 10:15pm. Gates open at 5pm, fireworks at 9pm, food, drink, free B&B inflatables, kids activities, music, car show, vendor displays, watermelon and ice cream samples, hot dog eating contest, and more. They are asking for a $10 parking donation to go to The Wiregrass United Way.
July 2 at Seminole State Park in Donalsonville, Georgia. From 5 pm to 10pm. This year’s Independence Day Fireworks show will have Jack Vinson and The Band preforming live from 7-9 and fireworks will start when it gets dark about 9:30pm.
July 3, the City of Marianna and Main Street Marianna will be hosting the 9th annual fireworks celebration. The fireworks will be launched from behind Mowrey Elevator at dark(8:30pm). The prime viewing location is Madison Street Park. There will be food & arts & craft vendors set up at the park and live entertainment starts at 5pm and the kids can play in the splash pad! Don’t forget your lawn chair!
July 4th in Lynn Haven from 7am to 10pm. Stars, Stripes, and Strong Fourth of July Celebration lasts all day starting at the City Complex and ending at Kinsaul Park for concert and fireworks. Be sure to look it up on FB or contact the city for more details.
July 4th from 3pm to 9:45pm Chattahoochee’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration will be at the Chattahoochee River Landing. This free event is fun for all ages! They will have live entertainment, a variety of food vendors, a bounce house, cornhole, basketball, and checkers.
July 4th the City of Vernon is starting celebrations with a parade at 4pm by City Hall. At 5:30pm they will have a Flag Raising Ceremony at Vernon Sportsplex, and at 7pm Jerome Jackson will be preforming live till the fireworks which start at 9pm. They will have inflatables, food vendors, and games!
July 4th at the Panama City Marina from 3pm to 9:30pm. This event is open to the public and will kick off with a parade at 3pm down Harrison Avenue followed by live music by The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. They will have hot dog eating contest, water ballon toss, dance contest for kids, corn hole contest, 3-point basketball shot, charity dunk tank, and more. Be sure to take a lawn chair or blanket for the 9pm fireworks over the St. Andrews Bay.
July 4th from 9am-9pm at Downtown Milton Riverwalk. They will have a car show, motorcycle show, vendors, food, Great Mill Town Duck Race, and fireworks at dark.
July 4th in Greenwood, the parade will start at 9am. Free hot dogs & watermelon and live music. Everyone welcome it lasts till 12pm.