Don’t Miss Gainesville’s Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 11 and 12, 2017

North Florida’s art scene swings into high gear on Saturday , November 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the arrival of the highly acclaimed Downtown Festival & Art Show. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre …

Begin Your Cycling Adventure at Gainesville’s New Depot Park

At first glance, Gainesville’s new Depot Park seems to be just a great big playground.  It is, but for adults as well as kids.  The formerly-semi-industrial site of the Gainesville train depot, located on South Main Street, is also the Trail Head for the Gainesville-Hawthorne Bike/Hike trail that follows an old railroad route. The trail …

“Long Road To Freedom: The Florida Black Heritage Trail” Exhibit, Gainesville, 2/7 – 3/18/16

​Long Road to Freedom: The Florida Black Heritage Trail February 9 – March 18, 2016 – FREE ​ This original exhibition and related programs examine the hidden histories of sites on the Florida Black Heritage Trail in and around Alachua County, ranging from Union Academy to Rosewood. Gallery Talk Sunday, February 21, 2016 2:30 pm FREE Please …

2016 Hoggetowne Mediaeval Faire–Two Fun Weekends in Gainesville

If you (or your kids or grand kids) enjoy jousting, sword fighting, watching fire-eaters, or jugglers, a trip to Gainesville’s 30th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, at the Alachua County Fairgrounds, is in order.  The Fairgrounds is located at 3100 NE 39th Avenue, adjacent to Gainesville Regional Airport. On Saturdays and Sundays, the hours are 10AM-6PM.  …

Eat At Cilantro Tacos, A Genuine Tacqueria in Downtown Newberry

Genuine Tacquerias are not supposed to be romantic.  And I’ve found over the years that there’s a difference in decor (and food) between them and “Mexican restaurants”.  Cilantro Tacos, located at 25740 W. Newberry Road, in Newberry (west of Gainesville) fits the bill.  It’s fluorescent lights leave no darkened corners in which to hide, sneaking …

Give The Gift Of A Santa Fe River Paddling Trip This Holiday Season–or Anytime

Natural North Florida’s Santa Fe River can be crowded during the warmer months (we really don’t have cold month!) so late fall and winter are the perfect time to enjoy the solitude and beauty of the river.  An easy and fun trip is from the US27 Bridge in High Springs to Columbia County’s park at …

Waldo Farmer’s and Flea Market–A Favorite Florida Weekend Destination!

Located just north of Waldo, Florida on US301 the Waldo Farmer’s and Flea Market is a fun place to spend a weekend day!  Waldo is on the northern edge of Alachua County, and is just a short drive from Gainesville.

Island Grove Winery Fall Winery Festival, Saturday November 7, 2015, Island Grove, FL

Yes, Florida is producing some very nice wines, and while many Florida wineries have appeared over recent years, there are few as big and sophisticated as Island Grove Wine Company in Alachua County.  Located just east of Gainesville, near Cross Creek, at Citra, this place produces some very tasty products.  And, on Saturday, November 7, …

“Artist Naturalists in Florida-Then and Now” Exhibit in Gainesville, 10/30-12/11/15

This exhibit, at Gainesville’s Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, features about 45 paintings and photographys by artists such as Diane Harm, William Bartram, Mark Catesby and J.J. Audobon.  The exhibit runs through December 11 at “The Doris”, 1315 S. Main Street, Gainesville. When Doris Bardon passed away in 2006, she bequeathed funds to further her …

Fiddlefest and Cane Boil at Gainesville’s Morningside Nature Center, November 28, 2015

This event is held each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and combines traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with live fiddle, banjo and string-band music, which were major influences on American entertainment for more than 150 years. Bring your holiday guests, friends and family out to Morningside’s beautiful Living History Farm to experience the …