Events

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Dec
13
Fri
2019
APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition Now Playing @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 13 – Dec 31 all-day

Experience the “out-of-this-world” moment (literally) when the United States of America achieved exploration greatness with APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition. Boasting “how far and how fast we have come,” as a nation, during a time where traveling to the moon was unthinkable, the brilliantly curated film pilots the audience through the lunar landing journey of avid preparation, anxious lift off and triumphant return. APOLLO 11 was made specifically for a giant screen at museums and science centers, offering an exclusive take into “the greatest and most complex exploration in Man’s history.”
Featuring a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70 mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, the film offers a distinctive feature from the documentary genre, without narration. Here, the alluring nature of IMAX and unclassified audio recordings speak for themselves, even in its moments of restless silence. APOLLO 11 showcases the raw reality of humanity’s greatest achievements as the first to put men on the moon.
The 47 minute IMAX experience, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition, excites family and friends of all ages to experience an American triumph at an affordable price. Offering tickets between $6-8, purchases support the Challenger Learning Center’s community outreach and educational programming. APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is sponsored locally in part through the Council on Culture and Arts’ Cultural Grant Program, funded by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County.

From the Cedar Chest: Southern Quilting, 1830’s to Today @ Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Dec 13 – Dec 22 all-day

An exploration of the rich tradition of quilting in our local Big Bend community, spanning several generations and cultures to celebrate the beloved art of quiltmaking. For two years, a committee of local quilters and quilt collectors and the Gadsden Arts curator research and identified historic to contemporary quilts in private and public collections across several counties in North Florida. Several of the quillts have been completed by multiple family members over a period of decades as patterns were passed down to younger generations. This exhibition discusses the story of an art form that was utilitarian, uniquely cultural, and inherently social, that bridges gaps between generations and finds commonalities between cultures.

Ten Voices: A Visual Conversation @ Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Dec 13 – Dec 22 all-day

On view in both the Zoe Golloway Gallery and the Munroe Family Community Gallery, this exhibition presents the visual conversations between the artists belonging to the Ten Artists, Ltd. group, begun in 1985. The works by Rene Lynch, Susan Allen, Mary Apple, Jennifer Clinard, Wendy Devarieux, Rosemary Ferguson, Nina Freeman, Judy Nable, Bev Sipos and Pam Talley in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and mixed media, will explore the individual’s response to place, memory and life experience.

A Cultural Legacy: Selected Works from the Parker B. Poe Collection Pebble Hill Plantation @ Pebble Hill Plantation
Dec 13 2019 @ 10:00 am – May 8 2020 @ 5:00 pm

The iconic 20th century shooting plantation poised in Thomasville, Ga., Pebble Hill Plantation welcomes visitors to its newest art exhibition – A Cultural Legacy: Selected Works from the Parker B. Poe Collection – Nov. 22, 2019 until April 30, 2020. Located on the second floor of the Main House, the Elisabeth Ireland Poe Art Gallery features permanent works of Mrs. Poe’s collection, in addition to an impressive rotation of special exhibits. Both Mrs. Poe and her husband, Parker Barrington, shared an appreciation for art depicting the culture and lifestyle of South Georgia, but Parker B. Poe’s style was very different from the more traditional nature, sport and dogs featured in Mrs. Poe’s collection. On loan from The Thomasville Center for the Arts (where Mr. Poe bequeathed his collection upon his death in 1991), this engaging exhibit features an eclectic look into many different art forms and design. From the Parisian Toulouse-Lautrec prints to an 18th century Chinese Lotus bowl from Greta Garbo’s estate, the collection showcases highlights from more than 700 pieces of fine and decorative art Mr. Poe amassed in his lifetime. For more information about the plantation and upcoming special events, visit pebblehill.com.

The Allison Christmas Spectacular 2019! @ The Allison Christmas Spectacular
Dec 13 2019 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 9 2020 @ 10:00 pm

The Allison Christmas Spectacular is celebrating 12 years! This year, The Allison Christmas Spectacular is receiving a complete overhaul to include 100% LED lights! This will help make the display be bolder and brighter than ever before!

Returning this year are 3 mega trees, 12 mini trees, 14 leaping arches, 102.5 FM WACS Radio, hundreds of strobes, and all of our previously featured dancing sequences. We are again featuring over 200,000 lights, dancing to 7 songs this year! We have two NEW dancing sequences debuting this year: Selah’s “Little Drummer Boy” and an updated version of Michael W. Smith’s “Christmas Angels!”

There is no charge to come see the lights, and the display is a drive-by. The lights will be displayed Thanksgiving through New Year’s from 6-10 pm nightly. We will be hiring a deputy to be on duty each night this year, and we will again be taking donations to help cover the deputy fees.

Feel free to check out and like our Facebook page to receive updates regarding The Allison Christmas Spectacular! Be sure to also visit our official website at allisonchristmasspectacular.com. We hope you and your family and friends are able to come by for our biggest and brightest year ever!

Dec
14
Sat
2019
Frenchtown Farmers Market
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Frenchtown farmers market is located 524 North MLK Blvd. In partnership with the Community Redevelopment Agency, the farmers market represents a first step in plans to develop a local food business incubator on the property.

The project, led by Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association, is an effort to improve opportunity for people of color, women, veterans and students. The goal is to diversify the local economy, both by product and proprietor, in order to create more resilient, engaged, safe and thriving communities.

And what better place to start than Frenchtown.

Opening day will feature live music, guest speakers and host of local vendors with handmade and locally grown products. The Frenchtown market will open every Saturday, from 9am to 1pm throughout the year.

Vendor Information

Vendor inquiries from across the Big Bend region are also welcome. The Frenchtown farmers market is the only food retail opportunity in the area with purchase incentive programs that improve families’ ability to purchase fresh food, and also expand the sales potential for market vendors.

Vendor info sessions will be held Wednesday, February 17th @ 12:30pm and Saturday, February 20th at 3:00pm, at the market’s new location, 524 North MLK Blvd. in Tallahassee.

Videos: Frenchtown Market Vendors

SCIturdays – Winter Wonderland @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

2 PROGRAM TIMES: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ages 10 and under
Let it snow! Make a snowman out of shredded paper, discover the science of snowflakes, explore how birds walk in the snow and more.

SE Native American Festival @ Mission San Luis
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm

Join us at Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum for two days of Southeastern Native American dancing, craft vendors, cultural demonstrations, music, and storytelling. Also enjoy living history, archery, atlatl/spear throwing, crafts for kids, and more! Fun for all ages!

Saturday, December 14 (10 am – 6 pm)
Sunday December 15 (10 am – 4 pm)
(The Weekend BEFORE the Solstice)

Admission fee per day:
Adults – $5; Seniors (65+) – $3; Children (6 -17) – $2; Members, Children under 6 and Active Duty Military – FREE!

Craft Vendors:
Support our artisans and get your holiday shopping done! Find jewelry, baskets, gourd art, dance regalia, traditional instruments, shell art, fabrics and clothing with Southeastern Native American designs, native plant and herbal products, wood carvings, and much more!

Cultural Demonstrations:
— Traditional dances with audience participation
— Storytelling
— Native American encampment
— Craft working
— Educational exhibits and more!

More on our website — about the nationally/regionally known performers as well as the daily schedules — as information becomes available! https://missionsanluis.org/events-calendar/winter-solstice/

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Enjoy a meal during the festival! Food vendors will be on site.
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Bring chairs/blankets for seating and dress appropriately for the weather (most activities are outdoors). NO COOLERS, NO ALCOHOL, and NO SMOKING on the historic site!
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Many thanks to Visit Tallahassee, Friends of Florida History, Inc., and Florida Council on Arts and Culture for providing assistance!
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See photos from last year at
Solstice Celebration 2018 Graphic

Customer Appreciation Event at Vera’s Apothecary @ Vera’s Apothecary
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us this Saturday at Vera’s Apothecary from 11AM-2PM for their Customer Appreciation event. Free Paella (Mixta and Vegan), entire store 30-40% off, gift drawing and more!

The League of Women Voters December Hot Topic 2019 Luncheon Behind and Beyond the Badge @ Four Points by Sheraton
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Our speaker will be award-winning author Donna Brown, talking about her new book.
Behind and Beyond the Badge – Volume 2. Donna is a retired police sergeant who served 26 years with the Tallahassee Police Department. Donna was one of only five women at TPD when she was hired in 1979. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant and spent ten years as a Detective Sergeant, supervising TPD’s Homicide Unit, the first women to hold that position.
While the law enforcement profession has recently received negative media coverage, Donna is passionate about educating the public about the thousands of good, honest, and hardworking law enforcement officers and other first responders who go to work each day to help make their communities safer.
She strongly believes that people need to see behind and beyond the badge to know the person. Her mantra has become, “My books don’t have the power to change minds, but perhaps by offering a different perspective, I can open them.”
Donna will share many interesting stories from her personal experiences and the people she writes about. Books will be available for sale — cash or checks only.

Date: Saturday December 14th, 2019

Time: 11:30-1:00

Location: Four Points by Sheraton
316 West Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Menu: Turkey, Ratatouille, Cauliflower Casserole, and Potatoes
Cost: Members – $22 Nonmembers – $25

FOR RESERVATIONS please call 309-3005 and leave a message or email LWVTallahassee@gmail.com.
Because the League must pay for reservations canceled after December 11, those who cancel late must reimburse the League for the cost of their reservations or find someone to take their places at the Hot Topic.

Holiday Craft Fair Presented by Tally Mac Shack @ Tally Mac Shack at Happy Motoring
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holiday Craft Fair Presented by Tally Mac Shack @ Tally Mac Shack at Happy Motoring

Tally Mac Shack presents our first Holiday Craft Fair!

Bring the kids out for an afternoon full of arts and crafts, and delicious mac and cheese! Macaroni jewelry, ornament crafting and more!

$10 for Kids Mac & Cheese + Craft Kit

RSVP to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/895510027511114/

Dec
16
Mon
2019
Gentle Chair Yoga @ Goodwood Museum and Gardens
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Start your week with Gentle Chair Yoga, one of the gentlest forms of yoga. In this class, traditional yoga disciplines including poses, breath work, and meditation, along with energizing movements and sequences, are practiced either seated in a chair or standing using a chair for support. Benefits of a regular practice include increased strength and flexibility, improved balance and range of motion, better memory and focus, and stress reduction. Gentle Chair Yoga is great for beginners, seniors, and those coming back to physical activity after injury or illness. Located in the Jubilee Cottage. $5 suggested donation.

Dec
17
Tue
2019
Candlelight Tour & Holiday Concert @ Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm

Voces Angelorum and Goodwood Museum & Gardens invite you to usher in the holidays with an evening of candlelight, food, wine, and chorale on Tuesday, December 17 at 7 PM.

Enjoy an elegant evening with a stroll around the grounds and a candlelight tour of the Main House Museum beginning as early as 5:30 PM, followed by a beautiful holiday choral concert in the Carriage House at 7 PM. This winter’s concert includes a variety of holiday choral music from around the world, and you will also hear Three Christmas Choruses from Handel’s Messiah arranged for treble voices!

Admission is $25. The evening includes a complimentary wine bar which will be open prior to and after the concert.

The candlelight tour, grounds, wine bar and light snacks open at 5:30 PM, with a larger variety of food available after the performance. You may arrive any time between 5:30 – 7 PM. This will be a very elegant evening and a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season!

Proceeds benefit Voces Angelorum and Goodwood Museum.
For more information, please contact vocesangelorum@gmail.com

Voces Angelorum Holiday Concert at Goodwood Museum & Gardens @ Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Voces Angelorum invites you to usher in the holidays with an evening of candlelight, food, wine, and chorale on Tuesday, December 17 at 7pm at Goodwood Museum & Gardens located at 1600 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308.

Come and enjoy an elegant evening with a stroll around the grounds and a tour of the main house beginning as early as 5:30pm, followed by a beautiful holiday choral concert in the Carriage House at 7pm. This winter’s concert includes a variety of holiday choral music from around the world, and you will also hear Three Christmas Choruses from Handel’s Messiah arranged for treble voices!

Admission is $25. The evening includes a complimentary wine bar which will be open prior to and after the concert, museum tour, concert, and a variety of foods after the performance. Grounds, wine bar and light snacks open at 5:30, with a larger variety of food available after the performance. You may arrive any time between 5:30-7pm. This will be a very elegant evening and a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season!
Proceeds benefit Voces Angelorum and Goodwood Museum.

For more information, please contact vocesangelorum@gmail.com

Dec
18
Wed
2019
Wellness Wednesdays at Hearth & Soul with The REFINEry @ Hearth & Soul
Dec 18 @ 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Wellness Wednesdays at Hearth & Soul with The REFINEry @ Hearth & Soul

Local gathering place and experiential retail store Hearth & Soul welcomes The REFINEry as its September Fitness Partner, feeding the soul of the community with complimentary fitness classes on the patio every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, join Felicia Nowels for Barredio, 60 minutes of high intensity, heart rate raising exercise combining traditional barre work, cardio, sports, dance training and total body toning exercises. This fast-paced, challenging class is great for those looking to sweat. Each “Wellness Wednesday” class is complimentary and leaves participants feeling refined and reenergized. Call 850.894.SOUL to reserve space.