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”

Jax music community rallies to help photographer who gave much, asked for little

Photo of banner for Celebration of Mike's life. Banner created by Melissa Smith.
Photo of banner for Celebration of Mike’s life. Banner created by Melissa Smith.

Friends and supporters of photographer Mike Hamilton will converge at 1904 Music Hall on Sunday, October 6, to celebrate his life.

Jacksonville’s music community is rallying to help the family of Mike Hamilton, the photographer who gave so much and asked so little in return. Spearheaded by Crystallea Monroe, Mike’s partner and friend, a celebration of his life will take place at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville on Sunday, October 6. A time for the event will soon be announced once all the plans are fully in place, so keep the date open. Continue reading “Jax music community rallies to help photographer who gave much, asked for little”

Film ‘Crazy’ shines spotlight on Hank Garland who had ties to Orange Park

Film poster for 'Crazy'
Film poster/IMDB for ‘Crazy’

If you haven’t seen the film Crazy about the life of legendary guitarist, songwriter, and performer Hank  Garland, you’re missing a very interesting journey into the music world. Garland may not be a household name in general public quarters, but to serious musicians, Garland is most definitely a legend. The film does an excellent job getting across why he deserves so much praise. Continue reading “Film ‘Crazy’ shines spotlight on Hank Garland who had ties to Orange Park”

North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing

Flowers.Indie Art South photoSaturday was a pretty lousy day here all around. I came home late that afternoon after a situation involving a family member who’d been injured in a traumatic accident. I sat down to collect myself and look at my messages. I saw a text that said, “Damn. Mike passed away.” Continue reading “North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing”

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”

Enduring Dorian: Coffee, hurricane snacks, and Dave Chappelle

Promo for Chappelle 'Sticks and Stones'
Promotional image of Dave Chappelle from netflix.com

Here in North Florida, Hurricane Dorian drew our attention for a week. That storm had a hard time making up its mind. Once we saw what Dorian did to the Bahamas, we were saddened by the damage and we were concerned about possibilities here. I’ve been through a number of hurricanes in my life, and those experiences have led to a certain amount of knowledge about what to do and what not to do. Most of all, never panic, even if a hurricane comes ashore two weeks ahead of your baby’s due date and your husband is out of town.

We endured Dorian this week, and there were some activities that helped. Coffee topped the list. We have to have coffee because storms often come in the wee hours and disrupt sleep. We have to have snacks in case we lose power. We also like to have entertainment if we have power, and this hurricane’s honors go to Dave Chappelle for his special ‘Sticks and Stones.’ Continue reading “Enduring Dorian: Coffee, hurricane snacks, and Dave Chappelle”

New radio play for Daysies’ music, and novel release for Rebecca

(L to R) Jenn Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies photo by Mike Hamilton, This Guy Multimedia
(L to R) Jenn Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies; photo by Mike Hamilton, This Guy Multimedia.

It’s been awhile since the last personal update about The Crazy Daysies, so there’s lots to report.

'Derelict' novel by Rebecca DayRebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson have had a chaotic year so far, and it doesn’t look like things will calm down anytime soon. Jenn and her husband David welcomed a new addition to their family, and there’s never a dull moment with a six-month-old and an almost four-year-old around. Good news came in this week as the sisters learned their music would be featured on another radio station. We finally have a publication date for Rebecca’s novel. And we’re packing bags for an exciting show in West Palm Beach. Continue reading “New radio play for Daysies’ music, and novel release for Rebecca”