Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event

Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)
Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)

Author Dorothy K. Fletcher will share her stories at the launch of the new Friends of the Library speaker series at the library in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Dorothy has written nonfiction articles, a novel, books of poetry, a children’s book, and books on history. To say she is versatile is an understatement.

I’ve known Dorothy for quite some time, and she is a fascinating speaker. We shared the podium at the US Library of Congress for Florida Poets Arrive, and my publisher also brought out her poetry book, Zen Fishing and Other Southern Pleasures. Continue reading “Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event”

In Clay County, veterans honored with flyover, cannon fire, and day of tributes

A flyover by the Dreamland Squadron at the Clay County Veterans Day Appreciation Event. (Image: Indie Art South)
A flyover by the Dreamland Squadron at the Clay County Veterans Day Appreciation Event. (Image: Indie Art South)

On Saturday, September 28, the 3rd Annual Clay County Veterans Appreciation Day event wasn’t just another pomp and circumstance affair. Not only was there an awesome flyover, there was a moment when many of us were startled despite being warned ahead of time.  That happened when the cannon was fired. The volume of the thundering sound most definitely had an impact . I could only imagine what it would sound like if I was a soldier on a battlefield of yesteryear. Continue reading “In Clay County, veterans honored with flyover, cannon fire, and day of tributes”

Clay County hosts free family fun day to honor veterans

Banner from Clay County Government/Facebook

On Saturday, September 28, the Clay County Board of Commissioners will host a free family fun day as one way to honor military veterans. Activities kick off at 9 AM at Moosehaven (1701 Park Avenue; Orange Park).

If you’re a veteran seeking information about TriCare, or if you’re in search of a job in the civilian sector, there will be resources like the mini jobs fair to help you on these and other matters. The event also includes a pet adoption, military museum displays, and food trucks. Continue reading “Clay County hosts free family fun day to honor veterans”

Chris Young pleased packed house, but disappointment over ‘Neon’

Chris Young, Lo Cash, Chris Janson concert Sept. 12 2019 Daily's Place Jax, FL
The concert featuring Chris Young as headliner with guests Lo Cash and Chris Janson drew a packed house on Sept. 12, 2019 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL. (Photo: Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

Chris Young, his opening act LOCASH, and second act performer Chris Janson delivered a crowd pleasing concert in Jacksonville (FL) at Daily’s Place on Thursday, September 12. Amid delight over the great music, there was some disappointment. If you asked a fan of Chris Young which song is probably the most well known, it would likely be “Neon”, from the album of the same name.  Continue reading “Chris Young pleased packed house, but disappointment over ‘Neon’”

Hemming Park gets ready for second Hispanic heritage celebration

Hemming Park; image Indie Art SouthIt’s no secret Hemming Park is one of my favorite places in Jacksonville. You see so many different kinds of people, and it’s wonderful to talk to many of them. I can’t think of another location in North Florida that features events celebrating all the different mixes of cultures our city is blessed with. On September 21, the Park will host the second Hispanic heritage Celebration, and I can guarantee you it will be a lot of fun. Continue reading “Hemming Park gets ready for second Hispanic heritage celebration”

‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise

banner for Alienstock Festival
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A student placed a message on Facebook creating an event, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’, reportedly just for fun. Fallout ensued, along with warnings from the US Government guaranteeing the government would protect assets, and now the same student has nixed his calls to storm the facility long associated with extraterrestrial and UFO conspiracies.

Instead, Matty Roberts is now proposing a music festival, with a focus on electronic dance music (EDM). Roberts apparently had a come-to-Jesus moment regarding public safety. Continue reading “‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise”

Midsummer doings in N. Florida: Chuck Nash, Mama Mia, and Darwin

Florida Theatre
Florida Theatre image courtesy of The Crazy Daysies/Rebecca Day.

In North Florida there’s something for everyone to do when it comes to leisure time. You can opt to hear live music, go to a dinner theater, and inspect papers related to Charles Darwin’s theories. From the beaches to downtown, we’ve highlighted some events. Want to dance in the streets? Read on!
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Bands gather to raise funds for singer fighting cancer

Lisa Ann Taylor Mad Hatters Band from Facebook
Still shot from video of Florida vocalist Lisa Ann Taylor from Lisa and the Mad Hatters on Facebook. (@lisasmadhatters)

Bands in the North Florida music community will come together for a special performance to help a fellow musician.

The performances in August will include a special reunion of the band The Ride, and some tunes by Lisa Ann Taylor and her husband Robin.

Florida musician Lisa Taylor is fighting colon cancer.

An announcement on the Facebook page for the Taylors’ band Lisa and the Mad Hatters includes details of the fight Lisa has had to wage:

“As most of you know my wife Lisa has been battling stage 4 colon cancer for 6 years ..during this time she’s had two life saving surgery’s, infections, emergency room visits , long hospital stays ,29 chemo treatments and 6 radiation shots into her lung …”

Cliff’s Bar and Grill (3033 Monument Road, Suite 2) will host the fundraiser on August 17 from 5 PM-1 AM. Details were posted on the band’s page: Continue reading “Bands gather to raise funds for singer fighting cancer”

Wide Open Country cites Gulf Coast Jam in top nine summer festivals

Many don’t need a specific reason to visit Panama City Beach (FL). The incredible white sand beaches on the Emerald Coast attract so many people the beach has been called the “Capital of the Redneck Riviera.” Now PCB’s annual Gulf Coast Jam has been cited as one of the top nine best summer festivals in country music. Continue reading “Wide Open Country cites Gulf Coast Jam in top nine summer festivals”

Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts”

Miranda Lambert is one artist who never ceases to surprise. Lambert just debuted a song I’d say leans to punk country, and she’s celebrating finding homes for her “mutts”—all 61 of them. Continue reading “Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts””