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Meandering by Homer


Feel free to read, to laugh with me, to cry when appropriate, and to, as Lil’ Abner (whom I quote often) says “angrify” if it fits.

When We Cross Over

By Homer Hirt

I grew up in Chattahoochee, Florida, a small town that overlooks the confluence of the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola Rivers. The Florida State Hospital is there. It had once been a fort in the time of the American Civil War. The largest employer, other that the Hospital, was Florida Gravel Company.

Florida Gravel Company was formed when the State called for bids to construct a bridge across the Apalachicola, and a shrewd Yankee came down from Ohio, found that the alluvial flow of the rivers had brought down quartz and flint rock and fine sand that was ideal for heavy construction. He bid and won and formed Florida Gravel Company. The bridge was completed in 1923, opening that area of Florida to automobile traffic. (more…)

Carrabelle Artist Association’s Spring Coastal Art Showcase


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Marian Morris
Carrabelle Artist Association

Carrabelle Artist Association Showcases New Original Art

Carrabelle, FL (March 30, 2018) – The Carrabelle Artist Association (CAA) is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works at this spring’s Coastal Art Showcase. The Coastal Art Showcase will also proudly display the work of award winning artist, Beth Appleton as the Guest Artist. This colorful and fascinating exhibition highlights the vibrant arts community in the Carrabelle and Forgotten Coast area. The showcase opens Friday, April 6 and will run for four weekends, with a “Meet the Artists Reception” on Friday, April 13 from 6-8 pm in the historic and unique art venue, Rio Carrabelle. Showcase gallery hours will be every Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm from April 6 through April 28 at Rio Carrabelle, 102 St. James Avenue (US Hwy 98), Carrabelle, FL. (more…)

Meandering by Homer

Feel free to read, to laugh with me, to cry when appropriate, and to, as Lil’ Abner (whom I quote often) says  “angrify” if it fits.

Men for My Rivers – Part Two

By Homer Hirt

The first cargo to be shipped out of the new Jackson County Port near Sneads, Florida, was a barge-load of crushed automobiles. Full sized autos were flattened in a hydraulic machine and were stacked by the large American crane into the open hopper barges.  The stacks were well above the gunwales of the barges, towering another six to eight feet, and secured with steel cables.  0ne day we stood on the pier and watched as from downstream a push boat, propelled by a huge stern wheel and seemingly from out of the past, slowly made the turn at the Gulf Power plant, and then turned again and approached the pier from upstream. The deckhand scrambled to rig wires to the first barge, and to tighten them with winches so that the boat and the barge was as one.  Then up the ladder came the Captain. (more…)