Second Annual Big Bend Brewfest, Rosehead Park, Perry, FL–March 2, 2019 Don’t Miss It!

Join us for unlimited tastings of over a hundred different beers from brewers all over the Southeast United States. The event is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM and run until 8:00 PM that night (4:00 PM for VIP Ticket Holders). The standard admission ticket includes entry to the festival and unlimited beer tastings. The …

Discover UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station—Discovery Days at Cedar Key, FL–2019 Schedule of Events

If you’re headed to Florida’s Big Bend, don’t miss an opportunity to head down SR24 from Gainesville, through Otter Creek, and visit Cedar Key, in Levy County.  At the end of the road, you’ll see the new, 3-story, headquarters of the Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS).   As a research arm of the University of …

Panacea Oyster Festival Rescheduled for February 9, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I can eat a lot of oysters on a Saturday afternoon, especially if they’re farm raised in the waters of Wakulla County, on Florida’s Big Bend.  Farm raised oysters are special.  They are called “triploid” and they grow faster than wild “diploid” oysters.  With oysters now being farmed at …

Florida’s 2019 Recreational Scallop Season, at Steinhatchee, Opens June 15th….Reserve Your Lodging at Sea Hag Marina 1/1/19~

  Scallop Season dates in Steinhatchee are June 15th-Sept. 10th! We will open our reservation calendars for Scallop Season 2019 on January 1st, 2019! (352) 498-3008 www.seahag.com

Meet 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 …