Fun and Games! Labor Day Weekend 2019 at Suwannee River Rendezvous, in Lafayette County

                         There’s something for everyone at Lafayette County’s Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort!      Located just east of the town of Mayo, at 828 NE Primrose Rd, the resort is just about a mile off US27 on the shores of the beautiful Suwannee River.  The main feature of the original resort, opened ten years ago, is Convict …

Great Environmental Programs “On Tap”, UF Thompson Earth Systems, in Gainesville

If you’re interested in learning more about our (and Florida’s) environment, from climate change to pollution, learn more about the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute. Earth’s natural systems include the atmosphere, oceans, land, polar ice caps and glaciers, and life. Intrinsically connected, these systems affect one another and result in global change that profoundly impacts …

Tom Petty Birthday Bash, A Celebration of Music, Gainesville, October 19&20, 2019

Gainesville is the largest city in our Natural North Florida region, and with its lively population of young people, it’s always been “musically inclined”.  And one of the city’s most famous musicians was Tom Petty.  Tom grew up in Gainesville, attended Gainesville High School and then went on to perform on stages worldwide.    And after …

Unique Florida Art, Gifts and Decor…at “Catch The Drift” in Old Town

On your next visit to our Natural North Florida region, be sure to visit “Catch The Drift” in Old Town, near the Suwannee River in Dixie County.  There, owner Emery Mills will show you around her shop, where lots of unique and original Florida items are for sale.  Basically all the inventory revolves around native …

Poker Anyone? Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, Monticello, Saturday, August 24th To Benefit Chamber Building Fund

What a great way to help the Monticello-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Building Fund than to spend an evening with players of all skill levels in a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament.  The Chamber’s building is an old wooden church and is always in need of work.  Recently, the wood floors were refinished and it’s a …

Folk In The Springs–A Free Day of Music and Fun in High Springs, September 15, 2019

High Springs has much more to offer than its nearby springs (Poe, Ginnie, Gilchrist Blue) and it’s locally known as “the springs”.  One event, this fall, promises to be lots of fun and give visitors a good look at the downtown.  High Springs is located west of Gainesville at the confluence of US27/US441.  It’s a …

Favorite and Free Springs–Neighborhood Swimmin’ Holes in Natural North Florida

Our Natural North Florida region has some wonderful springs!  Many are in State Parks (Madison Blue, White Springs, Ichetucknee, Fanning Springs, Manatee Springs, Troy Springs, Lafayette Blue, and Peacock Springs, for example) and are a bargain to enter.  Others are in private parks, some dedicated to SCUBA diving and snorkeling (Devils Den, Blue Grotto) and …

To By-pass….or Not By-pass? US301 By-pass Around Starke Relieves Traffic “Nightmare” in Bradford County

US301 is a major truck route through the center of our region, and in recent years it’s become a nightmare for visitors, especially those heading south from Interstate 10 at Baldwin, east of Jacksonville.  There’s no doubt that it’s easier to head down US301, especially if headed to Gainesville, but there’s always been a time-consuming …

Don’t Miss Smokin’ In The Pines BBQ Festival, Perry, FL, September 20-21, 2019

The 2019 Smokin’ In The Pines BBQ Festival is just around the corner, Septermber 20-21 at Forest Capitol Park in Perry.  The Park, located on US19, south of Perry, is adjacent to the Forest Capital Museum State Park.  With Free Admission, and plenty of good food and entertainment, it’s time to mark your calendars NOW! …

Don’t Miss Gainesville On Your Next Visit to Natural North Florida–It’s Where Nature and Culture Meet!

While Gainesville is our region’s largest city, it’s still relatively small compared to Florida’s “mega-cities” like Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater.  Gainesville’s size is largely due to its central location, its access to US Interstate 75 and to the fact that it’s home to the University of Florida, our “flagship” university.  Gainesville is the …