Save The Dates: Natural North Florida’s Fall 2017 Music Festivals

BY Tommy Thompson | Aug 30, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

As summer winds down in Natural North Florida, residents and visitors alike flock to our famous music and food festivals.   It seems that every year, the number of events increase, as do their quality and breadth.  In 2017, three are of particular note. In Hamilton County, just north of I-10 and east of I-75, the […]

Fun, Food and Festivities in Wonderful Wakulla County, Florida

BY Tommy Thompson | Mar 18, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

North Florida’s Wakulla County offers a variety of events, activities and natural wonders to delight even the most discriminating visitor.  To the west, there’s the mouth of the Ochlockonee River, which winds from Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico.  There are coastal villages worth exploring, too.  The settlement at St. Marks and Panacea offers excellent […]

Bradford County Strawberry Festival, April 8 and 9, 2017, Starke, FL

BY Tommy Thompson | Mar 02, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

Bradford County Strawberry Festival NO Entry Fees NO Parking Fees Family fun–even the fur babies are welcome because it is all outside and on the streets. Join us April 8 and 9.  The fun begins at 9:00 AM both days

New “User-Friendly” Dates Announced For Big Bend 2017 Recreational Bay Scallop Season

BY Tommy Thompson | Feb 11, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

In recent years, Florida’s Recreational Bay Scallop harvest rules were fairly simple.  You could “catch” your limit of these tasty morsels from the Pasco/Hernando County line to the Mexico Beach Canal from July 1 until September 24th.  Some places were better than others with regards to the size and number of scallops available.  But now, […]

Roy’s Restaurant–A Hurricane Hermine Survival Story

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 13, 2016 | Food and Dining

Roy’s Restaurant is located on CR361 (1st Street) in Steinhatchee, Florida Florida’s Big Bend was damaged by Hurricane Hermine, which wasn’t so much a wind event as a tidal surge event.  Most of the damage to our coastal towns happened over the Labor Day weekend in early September, and Roy’s Restaurant in Steinhatchee is one […]

Roy’s Restaurant in Steinhatchee reopens after Hurricane Hermine, November 2016

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 13, 2016 | Budget Travelers

Roy’s Restaurant in Steinhatchee reopens after Hurricane Hermine, November 2016 Rebuilding an established (and beloved) restaurant after severe flooding inundated no only the dining room, but the kitchen and structure, isn’t easy or quick.  

Gainesville’s Swamp Head Brewery–Take A Tour and A Taste

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 08, 2016 | Food and Dining

Microbreweries are popping up all over Florida.  Most make great craft beer and some are larger and more elaborate than others.  If you want to experience one of the best, head over to Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville.  Swamp Head opened in 2008 and eventually grew out of its original location and moved to the […]

A Taste of Cedar Key–December 17, 2016

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 27, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Cedar Key–A View From The Gulf It takes a lot to keep the citizens of the Cedar Key community from having a good time.  This year, a hurricane tried, but the folks there have rebounded and now plan the annual “A Taste of Cedar Key” for December 17. The event will be held at the […]

Enjoy The Winter Wonderettes at Monticello’s Opera House

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 21, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

The Monticello Opera House The Winter Wonderettes Produced by MadCo Monticello Acting & Dance Co. Musical—Dinner & Show The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring […]

Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival, Perry, Fl–December 9 & 10/2016

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 21, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Don’t miss the festivities at the 2016 Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival in Perry, Florida.  The event starts on Friday, December 9 and continues until the BBQ Cook-Off Awards on Saturday night.  In the meantime, while you’re not eating pulled pork or snacking on festival “fare”, you can listen to some great music. Nationally […]

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