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It’s the 3rd Annual Smokin On the Suwannee BBQ Festival set for July 22-23 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Something new this year will be the kids competition at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Kids may enter one of two categories – ages 6-12 and ages 13-17- for $10 per person. Grills, pork chops and chicken will be provided while competitors must bring their own utensils and additives. Entry is limited to the first 15 in each category, Wooley said. Contact Wooley at 386-590-6038 to enter.
SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – Its time for the 3rd Annual Smokin’ On The Suwannee BBQ Festival July 22-23 at the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla. If you love the smell and taste of barbecue, this is one event you do not want to miss! The sweet smoked flavors will draw you right to the spot where all the action is and before you know it, youll be chopping down on some good ole Southern barbecue!
A professional barbecue contest sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association, The Smokin On the Suwannee BBQ Festival is by Live Oaks Damon Wooley and draws professional cook teams from all over the Southeast who compete for more than $13,000 in cash, prizes and a chance to qualify for the prestigious Jack Daniels World Championship BBQ contest and the American Royal BBQ contest in Kansas City! This third years sold out event features 45 professional cook teams competing and Wooley is having to turn down would-be competitors! Folks, this is some SERIOUS COMPETITION!!!
Wooley, an FSU graduate who works with the Suwannee County School District, competes in bass fishing contests and practices his own BBQ talents almost daily, got the idea a little more than three years ago to host his own contest on the banks of the famous Suwannee River! Working between teaching, coaching, being a husband and father and doing other civic duties, this go-getter rounded up sponsors, booked the event at the SOSMP and began registering competitors. Before he knew it, it was a go! I started competing in 2008 when I joined the Florida BBQ Association, Wooley said last week as he visited with his friends the Swamp Boys Championship BBQ Team at the SOSMP where the team was producing a barbecue school over the weekend. I went over to Perry and competed, won and got hooked! Wooley stated. It didnt take him long to realize he wanted Live Oak to have a contest, and he set about putting one together to meet his own standards, as well as the Florida BBQ Associations standards. I wanted my contest to make competitors want to come, he said. Wooley said barbecue competitors need good sites, good payouts to the winners, a competition entry site close to competitors cooking sites and most of all, lots of power to handle all the electrical needs. The SOSMP met all those requirements and soon, Wooley had his own festival which is now the second largest in the state of Florida. Not bad for a Suwannee County guy who now makes his Facebook friends jealous almost nightly with what hes putting on the barbecue for supper that night!
Something new this year will be the kids competition at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Kids may enter one of two categories – ages 6-12 and 13-17- for $10 per person. Grills, pork chops and chicken will be provided while competitors must bring their own utensils and additives. Entry is limited to the first 15 in each category, Wooley said. Contact Wooley at 386-590-6038 to enter.
The festival is held at the SOSMP where you will find a Spanish moss-draped forest of more than 700 acres, a cypress tree lined spring-fed lake, fresh water fishing and canoeing, wildlife habitat, bird watching, golf cart rental, mini and disk golf, bicycling, hiking, entertainment and delicious food in the Music Hall and the SOSMPs Craft Village, Store of the Village, radio studio broadcasting each Sunday evening from 5- 7 p.m. and ice cream shop that will surely please all who visit these events. Along with the many family friendly activities offered by the SOSMP, there will also be a Family Fun Zone at this years festival including bounce houses, water slides and more. Wooley said theres entertainment in the Festival area from time to time this year also.
Tickets to the festival are $2 at the gate. Wooley urges guests to be sure and purchase some award winning barbecue from the teams that are vending, and there will be many.
Wooley reminds everyone that proceeds from this years contest will help support the Justin Starling Memorial Scholarship fund.
The SOS Café and Restaurant will also be open during this event and will have available delicious food and beverages at regular prices as well as weekend specials. Entertainment in the Music Hall Friday and Saturday night include Mike Mullis Kids Under 18 Talent Night July 22 and Mike Mullis and his band WhooWheee July 23 for a 50s Sock Hop with music, dancing, contests for best dressed and much, much more. Music Hall doors open at 5 p.m. and events begin at 8 p.m. each night.
For more information about the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park or this event, or to make reservations to spend the weekend in one of the SOSMPs cabins, rent a campsite or RV site, call us at 386-364-1683, email email@example.com or go to www.musicliveshere.com. You may also contact the SOSMP to inquire about any of the many exciting events coming up this year at the SOSMP such as the 311 Pow Wow, Blackwater Music Festival, Labor day Weekend Get-A-Way, Bear Creek Music and Art Festival and much, much more!
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. Keep an eye out for the SOSMP sign and white painted board fence!
Madison 8U Softball All-Stars
The Madison 8U Softball team would like to Thank You for supporting them. Many of you bought raffle tickets on a gun and a go-cart. The drawing was held on Monday, July 4, 2011, at the Madison Rec. field. The winner of the Mossberg youth shotgun was Ed Leslein, and the go-cart winner was Ashley Beggs. The girls were able to travel to the state tournament in Ponte Vedra, Fl, Thanks to You! They played well and had loads of fun. Thanks again for Supporting them!
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“If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride,” goes the old English proverb.
At the Arabian Nights Award-Winning Dinner Show in Orlando, wishes really are horses – big, beautiful, magnificent horses bringing fairy tales to life – not with beggars, but with richly bejeweled and sumptuously costumed performers.
“We Will Win Your Heart” proclaims an advertising poster featuring stunning jewel-toned photographs of the horses and their riders. The highly trained equestrians/acrobats dance, leap and turn flips on horseback, performing gravity-defying stunts in an enchanting one-and-a-half hour show. There’s something for everyone, with everything from stories of princesses and genies and magical beings, to acrobats leaping through rings of fire, to American western square-dancing performed entirely on horseback.
The Arabian Nights is the largest indoor equestrian performance arena in the world, housing 11 different breeds of horses, trained and cared for by the dedicated staff and performers who bring an incredible dinner theater experience to audiences each night.
Guests can make reservations for priority seating and actually meet the horses and have their photographs taken with them.
The menu choices are equally sumptuous, with entrée choices of sirloin, pork loin, grilled chicken breast or vegetarian lasagna, as well as child-friendly chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese.
The family-friendly entertainment venue is located at 3081 Arabian Nights Boulevard in Kissimmee, and promises an unforgettable experience for the whole family. For more information, go to www.arabian-nights.com, or call 1-800-553-6116.
Music, fun, games and much more!
SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – Want to have a fantastic July 4th this year enjoying music, bicycle riding, canoeing, swimming, playing games, cooking hot dogs and burgers on the grill and just having a great time? The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla has just such a weekend planned for you and your family!
Call for our special rates for the July 4th Get-a-Way which kicks off with the Mike Mullis Variety Show Friday, July 1, in the Music Hall, followed Saturday and Sunday night with the X-Hale Band rocking the rafters with country and Southern rock music. Saturday there will be free hot dogs and kids’ games along with other activities for our guests. You may want to rent a golf cart and check out the park’s 800 acres, fish a while in Rees Lake, play mini golf, disc golf or just kick back and take time to enjoy life doing absolutely nothing! Day admission for non-overnight guests will be $10 per carload on Saturday, July 2, to enjoy the festivities.
Outside our overnight guests will find a beautiful swimming pool to enjoy. Right next door is the ice cream shop with every flavor imaginable featuring sundaes, banana splits, milk shakes and more all with homemade ice cream! The Store of the Village is fully stocked with everything you’ll need for a camping weekend including soft drinks, food, mementos and more! And don’t forget to check out the crafts shops in our Crafts Village where you’ll also find our radio studio where Dr. Don can be found each Sunday afternoon broadcasting bluegrass music for your enjoyment!
Admission to the Music Hall Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights will be $5 per person with that $5 deducted from your evening’s tab.
The SOS Café and Restaurant will be open during this event and will have available the regular menu of delicious food and beverages at regular prices as well as weekend specials.
For more information about the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, call us at 386-364-1683, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.musicliveshere.com. You may also contact the SOSMP to inquire about any of the many exciting events coming up this year at the SOSMP such as the 311 Pow Wow, Blackwater Music Festival, Bear Creek Music and Art Festival and much, much more!
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. Keep an eye out for the SOSMP sign and white painted board fence!
“As Florida faces a significant threat from more than 400 wildfires across our state, we are saddened to learn of the tragic loss of two of our veteran firefighters, Josh Burch and Brett Fulton. We pray for the comfort and strength for their families and fellow firefighters.
“I had the privilege of meeting many of our dedicated firefighters last week, and am not at all surprised to learn of the heroic efforts of co-workers to rescue them. The selfless commitment displayed by all of the firefighters across the state deserves our utmost respect.”
~ The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Mourns the Loss of Two Forest Rangers Who Had Served More than Ten Years Each ~
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released the names of two firefighters of the Division of Forestry who were killed yesterday. Josh Burch and Brett Fulton lost their lives while fighting the Blue Ribbon Fire in Hamilton County.
“The wildfires have ravaged our state, burning more than 200,000 acres, and now, they have taken the lives of two of our very own men,” said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of Josh Burch and Brett Fulton, two courageous heroes who sacrificed their lives for the safety of others.”
Burch, 31, was a Forest Ranger who lived in Lake City with his wife and two children. He worked with the Division of Forestry for more than ten years. Fulton, 52, began as a professional welder with the Division 12 years ago. He has been a Forest Ranger with the Department for more than nine years. Fulton leaves behind a wife and two grown children in White Springs.
Two other Division of Forestry firefighters – Robert Marvin and Stephen Carpenter – were injured yesterday, while attempting to assist their fellow firefighters. Both were treated for smoke-related injuries and released last night.
The Blue Ribbon Fire started on June 16, 2011. The fire had previously been declared contained, but recent extreme fire weather caused the fire to flare up again on Monday, June 20. The local field unit has been actively working the fire since early Monday afternoon.
Florida’s dry weather since the beginning of May has caused extreme fire activity. Since May 1, the Department’s Division of Forestry has battled more than 1,500 wildfires that have burned nearly 200,000 acres across the state, making it one of the busiest wildfire years in recent history. Florida firefighters face an average of more than 31 new wildfires every day.
For more information about the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com or follow Commissioner Putnam on Facebook, www.facebook.com/adamputnam, or Twitter, @adamputnam.
LIVE OAK, FL, June 9, 2011 – Campfires are prohibited on Suwannee River Water Management District (District) lands until further notice, due to increased fire danger resulting from drought conditions.
Open campfires are normally allowed only for those canoe camping along rivers.
The District urges persons recreating on District lands to exercise caution during all outdoor activities. Sparks from vehicles, equipment and cigarettes can start a wildfire.
Drivers on District roads are encourage to pay special attention to vegetation conditions. Tall grass and vehicle exhaust systems are a volatile mixture and a fire can start in a matter of minutes.
Persons spotting a wildfire on District lands should call 911.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
After a year of gathering and gardening and giving back to the community, the Madison Garden Club drew their club’s official year to a close, thanking all those who had worked so hard to make all their projects a success, and installing new officers for the coming year.
But there was also time for remembering one of their number, Karla Rooks, who had passed away some months earlier. Mina Bloodworth read a poem about blossoms that fall too soon, and presented a memorial plaque to Rooks’ daughter, Catherine Cassidy, who said that her mother had always loved the garden club very much.
In addition, there was a much more recent loss, that of Inda Tinney’s mother, Margaret Sullivan. Immediately after the club meeting, many members were planning to go to her funeral service, and from there, on to the graveside service at Mt. Horeb.
President Dolly Ballard presented flowering coral-pink geranium plants to thank the officers who had served with her: Vice President Marianne Green, Treasurer Joyce Primm and Secretary Laura Coleman. She also introduced the new officers for the coming year: Martha Beggs, President; Laura Coleman, Vice President; Jan Ledsome, Treasurer; Ann Paquett, Secretary; Vicki Howerton, Chaplain, all of who were officially installed with a brief ceremony Ballard, who has served two terms as President, from 2009 to 2011, has also been listed in the National Distinguished Book of Garden Club Presidents, but the biggest surprise of all was a gift of a laptop computer from the other club members in appreciation for her willingness to take on two years in a row at the helm.
At the beginning of the meeting, there were numerous pots of flowering plants adorning the steps that led up to the stage. By the time the meeting was over, they had all been handed out as thank-you gifts to the women who had worked so hard on the Club’s projects throughout the year, including those who had worked with the children at Pinetta Elementary on their vegetable garden and butterfly garden and to Jan Ledsome and Thelma Dehart, who had worked on the Elvis Sock Hop. “That was Dolly’s little baby,” said Vice President Laura Coleman.
The biggest group to receive a thank-you was the group that participated in and made the flower and quilt show last month such a success — nearly 20 women received the pretty yellow corsages as thanks for their efforts.
The last Yard of the Month Award, until September, went to Alice Hammond.
A final honor went to Mina Bloodworth, from the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs – for her work as District Three director for 2010-11. She will have a brick with her name on it placed on the garden path at FFGC headquarters in Winter Park.
It’s been a busy year, so the garden club members will take a hiatus for summer months. When they return in September, it will be with new energy and a new line-up of officers picking up the reins as they move forward into the coming year of community work and projects and sometimes, just plain fun.
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced that the Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council is receiving more than $580,000 in a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant will provide funding to promote training and retention of volunteer firefighters in the state.
“Being a volunteer firefighter is a demanding job,” CFO Atwater said. “In the current economic climate, it is difficult to recruit and retain volunteers. This grant recognizes the incredible sacrifice that volunteer firefighters make to keep us safe and will help increase staffing in our local fire departments.”
There are nearly 6,000 volunteers in Florida with at least a Firefighter I certification. The State Fire Marshal’s office has partnered with local fire departments, the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation and Northwest Florida State College to provide no-cost training to enhance the competency of volunteer firefighters. While the training is provided at no cost, trainees have been responsible for their own expenses. The grant will allow for scholarships to cover those expenses and increase the number of trained, ‘front line’ firefighters available in communities across the state.
The grant will also assist new volunteers in completing certifications by making available some of the more difficult and expensive classes such as Live Burns, Search and Rescue and Wildland Firefighting. The State Fire Marshal anticipates adding 100 training participants per year, for each of the four years of the grant. The grant also includes funding to help educate 200 chief-level officers.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services including the Division of Insurance Fraud. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.
The last time Dr. Roderick Shaw’s office gave away a TV, it was Christmas Eve, and it was almost like a Christmas party. It felt like Christmas Eve once again on Thursday, March 31, when Shaw’s wife, Kathleen, called Justina Cone of Greenville to tell her that she had won the drawing for the 42-inch flatscreen Panasonic Viera.
The Christmas Eve drawing had been so much fun, “we wanted to do it again,” said Kathleen, because, in addition to the actual drawing, “We have months of fun leading up to it.”
Dr. Roderick Shaw III, whose dentistry office is almost directly across the street from the Madison County School Board building on Duval Street, studied chemistry and biochemistry at Auburn University, and followed up with drug research for treatment of arthritis. His interest in dentistry, and the applications biochemistry and engineering could have in the field, led him to study dentistry at the University of Florida.
Currently, he is also active in the Academy of General Dentistry, which has more stringent requirements than the state of Florida for maintaining credentials – 75 hours of additional training every two years, compared to 24 hours for the state. In 2004, he achieved Fellowship status with the Academy by completing 500 hours. In 2005, he reached the level of Masters (requiring 1500 hours and completion of a four-day, 16-hour written exam), a level achieved by about one percent of practicing dentists.
Dr. Shaw and his wife now live and work in Madison because, as Kathleen says, her husband loves living in the small town environment and having his children here.
At Thursday’s drawing, Kathleen said they had decided to hold even more drawings in the future, about once a quarter, “as a way of giving back to the community.” This time, a TV; perhaps next time, an iPad.
Thursday’s drawing was also partly to celebrate the almost-completed renovations to the office. Most of the dark paneling is gone, replaced with light creamy-gold painted walls, and interior walls have been repositioned to add more treatment rooms for patients. The ambient lighting is warm and homelike, rather than the usual harsh institutional lighting. The ergonomic treatment chairs, designed by NASA, offer heated massage. “Everything for the comfort of our patients,” said Kathleen. It is another way Dr. Shaw is giving back to the community, she added, by investing in his office to make dental visits as pleasant as possible.
In addition to patient comfort, patient care is also important. State-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment means more minutely detailed images that can be viewed on a large monitor screen, and, in case the patient needs to be referred to an oral surgeon, the images can be emailed directly to the surgeon’s office. In each treatment room, there is also a flatscreen monitor mounted to the ceiling, allowing patients to see exactly what the dentist sees. At the end of a hallway, a digital panorex can take the panoramic mouth X-rays without the uncomfortable plastic mouth insert.
At the very back of the office is the small room for the in-house lab that had to be temporarily closed during most of the renovations. It will be up and running again soon.
Back up front, where the television waited to be taken home, an excited Justina Cone arrived straight from work with her mother, Juanita Cone. As it happened, her uncle, Roy Kinsey, had just finished with his dental appointment moments earlier, and so was on hand for the presentation. Hardly able to believe her good luck, Cone told those present, “If you had called me about this tomorrow (April Fool’s Day), I would have really thought you were joking!”
But this was no April Fool’s joke – the very real television in the very large cardboard box was hefted up onto a couple of work stools. Dr. Shaw and his staff then posed with Cone and her prize, while her mother and uncle took turns snapping photos.
“I am thrilled to be the winner of Dr. Shaw’s television drawing,” said Cone, who also spoke of framing her winning ticket. “It’s amazing to me when I learn of adults who haven’t seen a dentist since childhood. Don’t neglect your dental health. Studies reveal its importance to our overall well being, especial as we age. Give Dr. Shaw and his team a chance to prove local dentistry can be convenient, administered comfortably and with professionalism.”
Downtown GetDown – April 1, 2011
Capital City Bank and United Way of the Big Bend, along with our partners and sponsors are proud to present the eighth annual Capital City Bank Springtime Tallahassee Downtown GetDown. Join us Friday night from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Adams Street Commons as we kick off the weekend festivities at the GetDown street party. Dance the night away to live music, delicious food, and street entertainment. Open to the public. For more information visit www.uwbb.org or call (850) 487-8087
Andrew Jackson’s Florida Legacy Exhibit – April 1, 2011
The Florida Historic Capitol Museum welcomes you to the opening of our newest exhibit Andrew Jackson’s Florida Legacy from 5 – 8 p.m., Friday April 1. The event is Free to the public and will feature a special guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. in the restored House of Representatives Chamber. Come Enjoy an evening at the Historic Capitol, with free food and activities. More information at (850) 487-1902 and on the web at www.flhistoriccapitol.gov
Florida Historic Capitol Museum
Springtime Celebration- April 2, 2011
The Florida Historic Capitol Museum welcomes you to its first annual Springtime Celebration. Come visit the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Saturday April 2, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for special tours, programs and an opportunity to meet the museum staff. The event is FREE to the public and 100% of donations support our educational programs.
12:30 p.m.- “Meet the Exhibit Curator” Andrew Jackson’s Florida Legacy
Meet with museum staff for a special tour and discussion about the Historic Capitol’s newest exhibit Andrew Jackson’s Florida Legacy.
1:30 p.m. -“Meet the Collector” Buttons ‘n Badges, Ads ‘n Chads
Don’t miss this special opportunity to see one of our most popular exhibits in its final days and to meet collector John Clark for a special presentation about his collection of political memorabilia dating back to George Washington.
More Activities TBA
More information at (850) 487-1902 or on the web at www.flhistoriccapitol.gov
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Gulf Winds Track Club presents the
Springtime 10K and 1 Mile
The Gulf Winds Track Club presents the Springtime 10K/5K/1 mile road race on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The race will take place in Downtown Tallahassee and is a USATF certified course. The course begins with a 3/4 mile downhill stretch, covers rolling hills through the beautiful Meyers Park neighborhood and finishes flat and fast one half mile from the start area. The 1 mile race will begin at 7:45 a.m., followed by the 10K and 5K races starting at 8:10 a.m. For more information please visit www.gulfwinds.org; email email@example.com or call Judy Alexander at (850)383-1361.
Springtime Tallahassee Grand Parade
The 43rd Annual Springtime Tallahassee Grand Parade will see “What’s Cookin?…Springtime Tallahassee” on April 2nd at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins at the intersection of Monroe Street and Thomasville Road and travels south on Monroe Street past the Florida Capitol ending at Gaines Street. The first Springtime parade featured many costumes and only horse drawn units. Today, the parade still includes horse-drawn carriages to provide a bit of nostalgia; however, it also boosts elaborately clad characters and spectaular mechanical floats from all over the southeastern United States. Springtime Tallahassee is considered one of the biggest southeastern parades and craft shows, attracting over 70,000 spectators.
Jubilee in the Park 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Let the good times continue…as the Jubilee winds its way through downtown Tallahassee offering a plethora of sights, sounds, and activities. Music, food, arts and crafts will abound. Arts and Crafts booths will showcase over 250 local, regional and national vendors. There will literally be something for everyone. The Jubilee will take place off Monroe Street on Adams Street, Duval Street, Park Avenue, and College Avenue.
The food court will offer a wide variety of cuisines with international flavors, bringing a little something for everyone! Delight in the “Flavor of Tallahassee” with the likes of grilled sweet corn, Greek specialties, kettle corn, corn dogs, and so much more!
Duval Street & Park Avenue
This fantastic day of fun filled activities include aquarium touch exhibit provided by Gulf Specimen Marine Lab, face painting, inflatable attractions, games, snow cones, and more.
Park Avenue Chain of Parks
Join us for the ‘What’s Cookin’ Demo at the Jubilee in the Park from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. with special guests from Keiser University, Publix, New Leaf Market, and our very own, Richard Musgrove!
Rock Jazz Blue Stage
Jefferson Street & Adams Street
Live music by the following acts from great local and regional acts.
College Avenue and Duval Street
Come support some of the best performing and musical acts from our community!! Acts include local dance teams, ballet, performing arts, and more.
Main Stage Music Festival – 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. at Kleman Plaza
Wind your way down to Kleman Plaza to take part in the Springtime Tallahassee Seafood Festival, BeerGarden, and live regional entertainment starting at 12:00 noon. Come taste some of the best seafood offered from along the Florida Coastline as you dance the day away with some of our incredible entertainment acts that are sure to ROCK Kleman Plaza making it impossible to stay in your seat.
Springtime Tallahassee Seafood Festival & Beer Garden- 12 noon – 5:00 p.m.
at Kleman Plaza
The fifth annual Seafood Festival will offer a variety of cuisine guaranteed to ignite your taste buds. Come taste the best seafood around from vendors joining us from across the Florida coastline. Menu items include: crab fritters, Baha fish tacos, grilled crab cakes, grouper platters, calamari, crawfish etouffee, and much more!
PERRY, FL – The 9th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-off Event at Forest Capital State Park in Perry which starts on March 31st and runs through April 2nd.
Headlining this event, Grammy Winning and IBMA Honored Band of the Year, Cherryholmes and Mountain Heart, as well as Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Amanda & Kenny Smith, just to name a few.
There will be talented entertainers filling the park with music all three days, a Chili Cook-off event, where competitors will be competing for over $1,000.00 in cash prizes, food vendors and arts and crafts items. Best of all, the entry fee is only $15.00 for a weekend (3-day) pass in advance and $20.00 at the gate!! In addition to all that, ticket holders can attend one of many free music workshops held throughout the park in the areas of mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro and bass.
The Chili Cook-off event is very popular. Contestants can enter to win cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights. For those who do not wish to enter, you can have the opportunity to purchase a collectible cup for only $5.00 and eat all the chili you wish! But wait … There’s more. Kicking off the event on Saturday morning is the All You Can Eat Bluegrass Pancake Breakfast from 7-9 a.m.
Show times start on Thursday with “Open Mike” from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. followed by our lineup at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday things will get started at 12:00 p.m. and will end at 10:00 p.m. Saturday the entertainment will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will continue through the day until 10:00 p.m. The event will take place at Forest Capital State Park in Perry, FL on Highway 19 South.
So, come out to the Music Capital of the South and get your feet wet to the sound of Bluegrass music!! Expect plenty of parking lot picking and fun-filled singing to the sounds of bluegrass.
For more information about the 9th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival event or the Chili Challenge, call the Chamber office at 850-584-5366 or go to www.floridastatebluegrass.com.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Even soldiers need their sweets, and when a personal message is attached to the candy bar it makes it a hundred times sweeter. For a week in March, Harveys of Madison has been collecting Reese’s candy bars for the soldiers at Moody Air Force Base.
The Reese’s were sold for $1, and anyone who wished to donate a candy bar was also invited to write a personal message on them. The candy bars were then taken to Moody Air Force Base to be distributed to the soldiers.
Air Force recruiters Garrett D. Forehand and Regina Cooper, in cooperation with the store manager of Madison’s Harveys, Michael Bryan, brought this effort together. Harveys collected over 500 candy bars in one week.
Harveys would like to thank the community for their support in this effort and for supporting our troops.
If you’ve caught Spring fever, it’s likely you’re looking for just the thing to spruce up your garden, your home or yourself. You can find it all at the Calico Arts and Crafts Show in Moultrie, Ga., March 19 and 20. Make your backyard a main attraction with an ornate, decorative birdhouse or birdfeeder or concrete planter from Green Oaks Center, a local United Way agency. You can compliment it with a seasonal wreath or floral arrangement from April Sellars of Moultrie, GA who will have a variety of vivid colored wreaths in store for you. Bring nature indoors with an original songbird lamp, wall hanging, or table piece, handcrafted on the beautiful coast of Maine by Bill and Beth Fewell.
The Fewells are avid bird watchers. For the past 18 years their business has been built around Bill’s carving and Beth’s painting of the shorebirds and songbirds, native to coastal Maine. Each design is original and realistic.
Twelve years ago, because of popular demand, they started Songbird Collectibles, reproducing their favorite birds from a wood by-product. A reproduced carving is like a print to an artist. Each reproduction is hand painted and individually mounted on driftwood.
Ladies can add a twist to their wardrobe with any of the hand crochet, intricate knot necklaces available from Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. crafter Shirley Baker. The Carolina native designs and creates fiber necklaces from hand cut silks, organza, ribbon and fibers.
Each piece is woven and tied to silk cords. The Hydrangea flower is her signature design using silk for the petals and a pearl or vintage bead for the center.
From ornamental iron home and garden décor, to painted glass and antiques, to whimsical painted children’s furniture and accessories…it’s all together in one location.
Don’t forget all the wonderfully delicious gourmet delights to savor and so much more. These items are lovingly made by local artisans and crafts people so you’ll feel really good supporting the local economy while acquiring unique gifts for your friends and family. Clogging teams from around the South will entertain the crowds on both days.
Come and delight in the 2011 Calico Spring Arts and Crafts Show, March 19 and 20. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Adult admission is $5.00. There is free parking for all and free admission for children 12 and under. For more information, please visit www.calico crafts.com.
LAKE CITY: The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.
Archer Road (State Road 24) Nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Interstate 75 and Southwest 34th Street (State Road 121) for work on the medians. Also, crews may be working in the medians during daytime hours but no lane closures allowed. Also, crews will be repainting the roadway lines between Southwest 13th Street (US 441) and the Levy County line.
Interstate 75 The northbound, outside lane at Williston Road (State Road 121/331) and the exit ramp (Exit 382) is expected to be reopened this weekend. Until then, traffic which needs to exit onto Williston Road is being detoured to Archer Road (State Road 24) (Exit 384) and back onto southbound Interstate 75.
Northwest 13th Street (US 441) Daytime lane closures just south of Northwest 39th Avenue (State Road 222) at Shores Animal Hospital for driveway modifications.
Northwest 39th Avenue (State Road 222) Daytime lane closures from Northwest 13th Street to North Main Street for utility work by the City of Gainesville.
South Main Street (State Road 329) Traffic is detoured from South First Avenue north to south of University Avenue for reconstruction of the roadway. Southbound through traffic is detoured to University Avenue, Southwest Sixth Street and Southwest Fourth Avenue. Northbound through traffic is detoured to Southeast Fourth Avenue, Southeast Third Street and University Avenue. Local traffic has access and all businesses in the area are open and accessible. The on-street parking along Southeast and Southwest First Avenue is open, but traffic may only enter from those streets and a turn-around area is provided. Traffic traveling on University Avenue will not be allowed to turn south onto Main Street due to the construction.
Southwest 16th Avenue (State Road 226) Daytime lane closures at the VA Medical Center parking garage while crews work on driveway and turn lane modifications.
State Road 26 Daytime lane closures east of US 301 while crews resurface the roadway. Traffic is now using the new overpass over US 301 and the CSX Railroad.
State Road 121 Daytime lane closures while inmate crews repaint the roadway markings between US 441 and the Union County line.
University Avenue (State Road 26) Daytime lane closures at the intersection of Main Street to work on the traffic signal poles and between East Second and West Second streets Monday and Tuesday while crews work on underground utilities and construct new curb. Also, daytime lane closures for westbound traffic just west of 13th Street for drainage work.
US 301 Nighttime lane closure at the State Road 24 overpass in Waldo on Monday beginning at 9 p.m. for approximately four hours to install an overhead sign pole. Also, daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Orange Heights and Waldo for work on drainage structures in the median as part of the resurfacing project.
Waldo Road (State Road 24) Daytime lane closure at the US 301 overpass in Waldo while crews replace the overhead school zone signs.
Williston Road (State Road 121/331) Daytime lane closures for westbound traffic until Monday to complete the repairs at the Interstate 75 overpass.
US 90 Daytime lane closures after 8:30 a.m. between Lowder Street and County Road 125 in Glen St. Mary to place the final layer of asphalt. Also, work at the intersections with State Road 121 and State Road 228 to work on the handicap-accessible sidewalk ramps.
State Road 100 Daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from east of Keystone Heights to the Putnam County line to work on side streets and shoulders.
Baya Drive (State Road 10A) Daytime lane closures while inmate crews repaint the roadway markings between US 90 East and US 90 West.
County Road 245 (Price Creek Road) The road is closed at the Olustee Creek Bridge about a mile north of State Road 238 through September. Northbound traffic is detoured to State Road 238 to US 441 to CR 349 and back to CR 245. Southbound traffic is detoured to CR 349 to US 441 to SR 238 and back to CR 245.
US 90 Daytime lane closures between the Baker and Suwannee county lines while inmate crews repaint the roadway markings.
US 90 Daytime lane closures between State Road 100/County Road 100A and just east of Florida Gateway College for resurfacing.
State Road 349 No lane closures expected between US 19 at Old Town and the Lafayette County line until the final layer of asphalt is placed.
US 129 The road will be totally closed Saturday (March 12) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. between State Road 26 and Northwest Fifth Avenue in Trenton for the Suwannee Valley Quilt and Old Time Craft Festival. Trenton Police and Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Department will detour traffic.
Interstate 75 Nighttime lane closures for northbound and southbound traffic with two lanes closed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. nightly Sunday night through Thursday night from US 129 (Exit 451) to State Road 6 (Exit 460) for resurfacing. Also, daytime lane closures with one lane closed in either direction for paving. No lane closures allowed Friday and Saturday.
US 27 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines between the Suwannee River Bridge at Branford and Mayo.
Alternate 27 (US 27A) Possible daytime lane closures from Southeast 10th Street in Williston to the Marion County line for sidewalk repairs and to work on drainage pipes in preparation for resurfacing.
State Road 6 Daytime lane closures as inmate crews repaint the roadway markings from US 90 to the Hamilton County line.
State Road 53 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines between US 90 and the Georgia line.
State Road 145 Daytime lane closures begin Monday after 8 a.m. to place the final layer of asphalt between US 90 in Madison and Hanson.
US 19 Possible daytime lane closures between the Jefferson and Taylor county lines for ditch paving, drainage work and widening for a turn lane.
US 90 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from the Suwannee River to the Jefferson County line.
US 221 Daytime lane closures from the Taylor County line to Greenville for ditch cleaning.
County Road 252 All work has been completed on widening and resurfacing from County Road 137 to US 129 and no further traffic impacts are planned.
Interstate 10 Daytime lane closures at the County Road 795 overpass, west of US 129, on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for routine bridge maintenance.
US 19 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from County Road 30 to US 221.
US 98 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from US 19 in Perry to the Jefferson County line.
US 221 Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from US 19 to the Madison County line. Also, daytime lane closures from Shady Grove to the Madison County line for ditch cleaning.
State Road 121 Daytime lane closures at Lake Butler Elementary and Middle schools from Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to replace the overhead school zone signs.
State Road 121 Daytime lane closures in Worthington Springs for driveway work to a new Dollar General Store.