Florida weekend: Live music all around the Sunshine State

Florida is known for sunshine, but it should also be known for music. On any given day or night, you can find live music in every nook and cranny in the nation’s third largest state. Coming up on the last weekend in June are many live performances spanning all types of music. Heading to Ft. Lauderdale? Like pop? Continue reading “Florida weekend: Live music all around the Sunshine State”

The show must go on—unless you’re too sick

Every performer deals with it at some point. Things are bopping right along, going great, and then it hits. Someone gifts you with something you definitely don’t want—a virus. But you keep going because you have to. You may think to yourself it’s just a bug, and after a few days you’ll toss it off because you’re young and healthy. Then comes the point when you realize, yes, the show must go on, but sometimes, you just can’t.  Continue reading “The show must go on—unless you’re too sick”

St. Patrick’s Day breaking news: It’s worth $6 billion

Many of us can claim Irish ancestry to some degree, and our official holiday is St. Patrick’s Day. Lots of people, regardless of ethnicity, culturally appropriate this holiday to join in the fun.

It seems the celebration of this saint’s day grows more popular each year, and information from the National Retail Federation appears to confirm that.  Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day breaking news: It’s worth $6 billion”

Whale of a festival on behalf of endangered Right Whales

Right Whale Festival poster
Official poster for 2017 Right Whale Festival

There’s a whale of a festival scheduled for Sunday at Jacksonville Beach, and it’s dedicated to protecting the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.

I first learned about these majestic creatures from the regional publisher who brought out two of my books. He also published a book about these whales, and he was very dedicated to their cause.

When we say this whale is endangered, what does that mean in terms of numbers?  Continue reading “Whale of a festival on behalf of endangered Right Whales”

Alachua County Fair brought music, science, magic, and more

The Crazy Daysies, Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson entertained guests at the Alachua County Fair on Sunday. (Indie Art South photo)
The Crazy Daysies, Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson entertained guests at the Alachua County Fair on Sunday. (Indie Art South photo)
Alachua County Fair/Indie Art South photo
Alachua County Fair/Indie Art South photo

 

On Sunday I visited the Alachua County Fair as part of my ‘Band Mom’ duties and as part of my mission to cover events on the indie art scene in the South. I’ll admit up front I love a county fair—I grew up in a small town where the fair was the annual event just about everyone went to.

The Crazy Daysies did some late afternoon music, and naturally I enjoyed listening. I also found time to go throw a few darts (my favorite carnival game), grab a corndog (only at the fair), and talk to some of the locals.

As I strolled around, I realized what a difference it makes when you visit communities in person.

Continue reading “Alachua County Fair brought music, science, magic, and more”