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A Day in St. Marks – Wild about Wakulla Week

April 6, 2011 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A Day in St. Marks:

Shields Marina, 95 Riverside Dr., St. Marks, FL has been part of the St. Marks community since before 1930.  The history goes back even further than the marina itself. It all began in 1928 when O. P. Shields settled in St. Marks, Florida. (O.P. was the paternal grandfather of Charles C. Shields, Jr.) Although O.P. founded a charter boat service which catered to many of the top State of Florida officials, including the governor and cabinet members, his visions went much further than simply operating fishing trips.  Stop by to visit the present day Shields Marina while you are in St. Marks today to learn more of the fascinating history and to see many artifacts on display.  Free donuts and coffee starting at 10:00a.m.

“Step back in Time” at Bo-Lynn’s Grocery, 850 Port Leon Drive St. Marks, FL open 7am ““ 8pm. This landmark grocery store has been in operation since 1936.  Mrs. Joy who has owned the store for the past 45 years will pull out some old pictures and tell you stories about St. Marks.  Come on by to meet Mrs. Joy and have a coke in the 6 oz bottle.

9:00 AM-5:00PM  -  ST MARKS RIVER SAMPLER CRUISE,   Special 45 minute river cruise up the St.Marks River ““ Certified Green Guide, Capt. James Hodges, St. Marks Charters.   Informational and historical cruise for up to 6 passengers departing every 45 minutes from the Fort San Marcos boat ramp.  $5 per person

Welcome to SHELL ISLAND FISH CAMP, a family-owned and operated piece of old Florida located in the quaint fishing village of St. Marks, FL.  The camp overlooks the pristine Wakulla River, which features a well-marked, easy to run channel.  Just 18 miles south of Tallahassee on State Road 363, Shell Island Fish Camp has been in the Hobbs family since 1962.  Open House today with snacks, cabins tours and free fishing tips!

10:00 AM  -  GUIDED MANATEE OBSERVATION PADDLING TOURS, Kayak/Canoe on the Wakulla River. Certified Green Guide, Rob Baker.  Options: Shuttling at Upper Bridge and 3 mile trip $40 per single kayak, or 6 mile paddle to St. Marks $55.
Sweet Magnolia Inn, 803 Port Leon Dr., St. Marks, FL This charming bed & breakfast inn has a very colorful past in the pages of St. Marks history.  In the older days, the building was marked as the strongest building in St. Marks and people used it for shelter during large storms. The walls are made from solid lime rock and cement layered with coquina shells. The steel in the walls is from the original railroad tracks that once ran from St. Marks to Tallahassee, now the St. Marks bicycle trail.  At one time or another, the building served as a church, a brothel, and City Hall. It was even used to unload bottles of whiskey back in the prohibition days.  The brick on the front porch and in the park is from the Havana School House original walls.  The upstairs floors are constructed of wood from the former Havana School auditorium .   The Sweet Magnolia Inn will open its historic doors to visitors today with an Open House beginning at 11:00 AM. Stop by and say hello!

11:00AM ““ 1:00PM -   “A CLAY EXPERIENCE” Hands-on Workshop““ Certified Green Guide, Nancy Jefferson, clay artist.  Nancy will show you how she uses nature to inspire her creations as she guides you in hand-building a turtle, a kayak or canoe, a bird or fish, or whatever experience has inspired you.  All materials supplied. Class location:  Sweet Magnolia Inn, St. Marks. $30 pp.  Pre-registration required. www.PalmettoExpeditions.com

4:00 ““ 7:00 PM  FISH FRY – hosted by the St. Marks Waterfronts Florida Partnership and the St. Marks Yacht Club ,  36 Yacht Lane, St. Marks, FL Join your friends and neighbors for a good old-fashioned fish fry that we do so well “˜round these parts. Fried grouper dinner with all the fixings (hushpuppies, coleslaw, cheese grits, tarter sauce) $10 per plate.  Tickets can be purchased from Waterfronts members, Yacht Club members, St. Marks City Hall or calling Billy Bishop, Chairman @321-4522.

7:30 PM St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Sunset Lighthouse Tour, – Ranger Andy Edel and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is offering a rare opportunity to visit the St Marks Lighthouse in the evening. Hear what Lighthouse Keepers and their families experienced in the 19th century at the St. Marks Lighthouse.  Also learn about some of the great storms and heroes of the Lighthouse Service.
Free tour, $5 vehicle entrance fee applies.  Reservations (850) 925-6121.

6:30-8:30 PM  – SUNSET CRUISE, Evening cruise into Apalachee Bay ““ Certified Green Guide, Capt. James Hodges, St. Marks Charters. Highly popular sunset cruise for up to 6 passengers.  Travel past the scenic historic St. Marks Lighthouse and out into Apalachee Bay for a spectacular view of the sunset. Departs from St. Marks 90 minutes before sunset and returns just over 2 hours. Advance reservation required.  Special Wild About Wakulla Week price, $149.  Reservations (850) 508-2660

Participating St. Marks Businesses
St. Marks Charters
Shields Marina
Bo-Lynn’s Grocery
TNT Hideaway
St. Marks Outfitters
Sweet Magnolia Inn
Shell Island Fish Camp
Beach Trader
Charter Girls


April 6, 2011
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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St. Marks Yacht Club
36 Yacht Lane
St. Marks, FL 32355 United States
(850) 925-6224