Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival

Palatka’s Blue Crab Festival over Memorial Day weekend drew lots of people to the small town known for festivals, views of the mighty St. John’s River, and hospitality. That last was obvious as soon as we arrived to hear the Crazy Daysies and other bands scheduled for Saturday. 

Band Mom: Seawalk Festival put Florida musicians in spotlight

I’ve often joked to my husband I can hear good music at a number of places in Florida on a given night, and I don’t have to pay $100 for concert tickets. Community First Seawalk Music festival this past weekend at Jacksonville Beach validated my claim. The festival featured ten bands and closed with country star Josh Turner. The Crazy Daysies opened the festival on Saturday. They were followed by Mama Blue whose voice does for the blues what honey does for toast. All the bands received compliments—some I heard first hand and some can be viewed on the Festival’s

Actually, it’s not a violin; it’s a viola

I didn’t know much about the viola when I chose it as my instrument for elementary school orchestra. I just knew I liked the way it sounded. The deep, soulful tone of the viola has always been much more satisfying to me than the high-pitched shriek of the violin. Not that I don’t appreciate the talent of any musician, regardless of instrument. Growing up, I learned there were few solo opportunities for a classical viola player. 

Ocala Rotary’s Cracker Cattle Drive put the fest in festival

One of the most unique festivals I’ve been to is this past weekend’s Rotary Discovery Fest Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Roundup. The city of Ocala goes all out to support the festival, and it’s one of the most heavily attended I’ve been to. What sets this festival apart? (Story continues after photos)

Newberry, heart of Carolina’s small town America

After performing at the American Heritage Festival in Lake City, SC, in early December, the Crazy Daysies headed upstate shortly before Christmas to visit with family and friends. I dreamt of living amidst vast fields and rolling Carolina hills while growing up. Farm houses and cozy log cabins appealed to me, while neutral, modern-styled houses furrowed my brow. 

American Heritage Festival lit up the night, literally

On Saturday a group of us traveled from different cities to a farm near Lake City, South Carolina, to hear The Crazy Daysies perform at the American Heritage Festival. The weekend-long event is only a couple of years old, but organizers and vendors offer a lot of sights, sounds, and handmade crafts for guests. 

Crazy Daysies, craftsmakers highlight Fall Festival

The Mandarin Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held the Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff on November 19, with visitors coming from near and far. On a perfect fall day, guests enjoyed music, the opportunity to taste many different kinds of chili, and also do some early Christmas shopping among an eclectic assortment of crafts and other goods for sale by indie artists and vendors. The Crazy Daysies duo, Rebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson, performed country, pop, and Americana tunes as people strolled through the marketplace on San Jose Blvd. 

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