Meet Nancy Nancy Moreland, Our Small Towns Expert

In 20-plus years of writing, few topics have escaped Nancy Moreland’s pen. She has received recognition for environmental reporting, conducted interviews while kayaking and convinced hundreds of people – from farmers to philanthropists – to share their stories. Her travel articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, AAA Southern Traveler, VisitFlorida.com and other …

Sheepshead–A Favorite Cool Weather Nearshore Fish Species on Natural North Florida’s Gulf Coast

Inshore and nearshore fishing along Florida’s Gulf Coast has as much to do with economics as it does with species. Of course, many inshore anglers long to be aboard a big sport fishing boat trolling the depths of the Gulf for fish of mammoth proportions. The reality, however, of a round trip that has fuel …

Winter Fishing’s Best Bet–Spotted Seatrout on Florida’s Natural North Florida’s Gulf Coast

I’m no expert on spotted seatrout biology or mortality, but for some reason the Big Bend saw a decided decline in that fishery this past year. At first, trout were scarce from Tampa Bay to Apalachicola, and then they started to bite. However, anglers catching a hundred a day only caught three or four keepers. …

Mark Your Calendars for the 17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off, 4/5-6, in Perry

The 17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival is coming to Perry, in Taylor County, April 4-6, 2019. This is a “don’t miss” event, with three days of professional and amateur music, food, music workshops, arts and crafts–AND a CHILI Cook-Off!   Tickets are available for each day as separate purchases, and there’s a three-day pass, …

Suwannee Lights — December 2018 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Florida

Each holiday season, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, celebrates with a huge lighted display the entire month of December.   There are options for visitors to walk through the park, drive in autos or rental golf carts, or even camp in order to visit several nights.  There’s even an option for free admission, offered …

Downtown Christmas Open House and Parade–Perry, Florida–December 7, 2018

Leave it up to our friends in Taylor County to come up with a new “twist” on Christmas.  This year, in addition to a “Santa’s Little Helpers” parade, there will be a tribute to “Sheriff Taylor” at the “MayPerry Christmas” festivities.   Perry, the vibrant County Seat of Taylor County, is the perfect place to …

“Light Up Madison”–A Holiday Celebration in Natural North Florida, December 1, 2019

The town of Madison, in Madison County, always goes “all out” for Christmas.  Not only do local businesses dress up their storefronts, but folks from neighboring towns and counties enjoy an afternoon of shopping, dining and watching an elaborate Christmas parade.  The events begin at 4PM and end with the spectacular nighttime parade.   Madison …

Christmas On The Square, Live Oak, Florida–Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 1, 2019 (Expect SNOW!)

Winters in our Natural North Florida region are never harsh or especially cold.  For the most part, it’s shorts and short-sleeve weather.  However, the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce wants everyone to get in the Christmas Spirit and are again (for the 34th year!) hosting “Christmas On The Square“, Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. …

Enjoy Your R/V Adventure Along The Mighty Suwannee River

There are more options than just parking your R/V or setting up camp along the shores of the mighty Suwannee River.  Florida’s longest unobstructed (no dams or locks) river begins its journey in the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia and flows over 200 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. For the most part, the river …

Free* Kayak Eco Tours at Cedar Key

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Paul King, a Florida Coastal Master Naturalist, Tom Liebert at Kayak Cedar Keys and the folks at the University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station,  visitors can arrange free guided kayak Eco-tours of the area around the Cedar Key archipelago. Paddlers may bring their own boats or rent from …