Full Moon Climb

Photo by Rod Gasche

Reservations appreciated, but not required. (850-697-2732, carrabellelighthouse@gmail.com).

Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

Lighthouse Climb with Views of a Rare Blue October Moon!

Saturday, October 31, from 7-10 pm 

Visitors can enjoy this opportunity to see the gorgeous natural surroundings of the St. George Sound, Carrabelle Beach, and Dog Island, under the night sky at this special Crooked River Lighthouse evening climb.

A Blue Moon is called that when there are two full moons in one month, not because the moon will appear blue to the eye. A Halloween full moon hasn’t appeared in the Eastern time zone since 1944, according to Farmers's; Almanac. This safe, family-friendly Halloween event will be held at Crooked River Lighthouse Park. Visitors can climb to the top of the tallest lighthouse on the Forgotten Coast, Crooked River Lighthouse, to see breathtaking views of the bay. Enjoy hot chocolate or s'mores at our firepit.  Kent's Smokin Sausage food truck will be on site from 6-9 pm.

There will be candy on the Keeper’s House porch and a sampling of lanterns from Lantern Fest will be hung in celebration. Children and families are encouraged to drop by in their most adorable, creative or spooky costumes. The museum and gift shop will also be open for guests’ enjoyment.

Guests are also welcome to climb to the tallest lighthouse on the Forgotten Coast to see beautiful views of St. George Sound under the night sky.  For this special evening, climbs for children are free and adults are $5. (Children must be supervised by an adult. All climbers must be 44 inches or taller. Climbs are available weather permitting.)

Social distancing guidelines will apply. Masks are encouraged for those attending. Guests are encouraged to use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently.

Country Farmer’s Market

FIRST AND THIRD SATURDAYS 9AM - 1PM

The Crooked River Lighthouse is celebrating the one year anniversary of the Country Farmer’s Market! With the cooler fall weather settling in, it’s the perfect time to enjoy this outdoor market at the foot of the lighthouse at 1975 Hwy 98 W, Carrabelle, FL. Each Market will feature local vendors from the community with handmade goods, fresh roasted coffee, delicious baked goods, veggies, handcrafted soaps, exotic starter plants, gorgeous art and photography, craft items, plus unique maritime items inside. Guests can browse inside the free Museum and visit the Lighthouse Gift Shop. In addition, shoppers and visitors have the unique opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the Bay. The Country Farmer’s Market is held every first and third Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm at the Crooked River Lighthouse.  

BE A MARKET VENDOR!

The Market is growing steadily and is encouraging vendors to join. Vendors may sign up at any time. The cost is FREE for members of the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association and $10 per market for non-members. CLA Membership costs $15 for an individual or $25 for a family per year. If you are interested in being a vendor or have questions, please contact the lighthouse at 850-697-2732 or carrabellelighthouse@gmail.com.

Crab Cook-off Benefits ‘Carrabella’

By Laurel Newman Special to the Times (apalachtimes.com article link)

The fourth annual Crab Cake Cook-off, sponsored by the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association (CLA) and the good folk at Harry’s Bar/Marine Street Grill, once again brought seafood lovers out for a warm evening of food, music, and silent auction fun.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the Crooked River Lighthouse Park’s replacement efforts for the “Carrabella,” a 60-foot “pirate ship” playground structure. The popular play platform, a visitor magnet that children of all ages enjoyed daily, was destroyed by arson on May 11, 2015.

Lighthouse society members and volunteers held brainstorming sessions, and volunteer Kathleen Oman came up with the Crab Cake Cook off. Over the years, the event has grown, and Oman, with the help of lighthouse people and community members, has continued to make it a popular event, drawing supporters from as far away as Pensacola, Tallahassee, Bainbridge and other areas.

This year’s event featured six local chefs vying for the coveted title: Jamie Messer, Renee Boudrey, Sean O’Shea, Selena Winchester, Jon Johnson and Brian Genard. Each chef prepared 150 bite-sized crab cakes, plus a few for the judges. Each of the ticket holders received a plate of six crab cakes, each with a numbered bamboo forklet, to be used to cast votes for their favorites.

While the visitors were enjoying their treats and determining their favorites, they had the opportunity to inspect and place bids on the items, donated by local merchants and artists, offered in the silent auction. Meanwhile, CLA’s curator and event specialist Joan Matey, appropriately garbed in one of her “Fishy Fashion” ensembles, updated everyone on the progress of the new “Carrabella” project, now in its first phase of site preparation.

Once the popular votes were tallied, the winners were announced. The Judges’ Choice Award went to Johnson, a local wildlife photographer, and the People’s Choice to O’Shea, of the Marine Street Grill.

The evening was further enhanced by the incredible vocals and guitar music from Cat Braaten, a gifted musician who kept the crowd entertained with her spirited tunes.

Once again, the cook-off was declared a success, and the CLA thanks all those who made it so, from the hard-working volunteers to the generous supporters.


Carrabelle Lighthouse Association’s Joan Matey, sporting a crab trap hat, with Jon Johnson, winner of the Judges’ Choice award for his excellent crab cakes at the cookoff. [ photo by Jim Smith | Harry’s Bar ]

Crab Cake Cook Off – THANKS!

We wanted to take this opportunity to say a very special THANK YOU to all the people who made this year's Crab Cake Cook-Off a sell-out success!! Because of you, an estimated $2000+ was raised for the Crooked River Lighthouse!

•Kathleen Oman, Marian Morris and Joan Matey for organizing and planning this wonderful event
•Six wonderful cooks: Jamie Messer, Renee Boudrey, Sean O’Shea, Selena Winchester, Jon Johnson and Brian Genard.
•Hardworking event volunteers & staff - Tamara Allen, Robin Gibson, Eva Gombas, Teresa Jackson, Lisa Keith-Lucas, Serge Latour, Laurel Newman, Mike Pace, Pat Tabuchi and others.
•Sean O'Shea and the Marine Street Grill / Harry's Bar staff for doing a fabulous job of hosting again
•Chip Klaus for taking photos on behalf of the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association as well as actively seeking donations with the collection jars
•Greg Kristofferson for MC duty
•The volunteer judges – Greg Kristofferson, Mayor Brenda La Paz, and Serge LaTour
•Numerous local merchants and artists for their generous donations for the silent auction
•Carrabelle Lighthouse Association (CLA) board, members & staff
•Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, Carrabelle History Museum, Carrabelle United Methodist Church, City of Carrabelle, and Bill Owen for use of tables, chairs and tents for the comfort of our guests
•All our generous supporters, donors & attendees

This would not have been possible without your support and help!