Meet Baseball Great Wade Boggs, Saturday, October 31 at Island Grove Wine Company, Alachua County, FL

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  Yes, to all you Gator and Seminole fans, it’s all about football.  But before you get locked down in front of the family TV, why not head east from Gainesville to visit the new Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House and a chance to  meet Baseball …

Don’t Miss The 41st Annual Micanopy Fall Festival, October 31 and November 1, 2015

If you’re looking for something to do over Halloween weekend in the Gainesville/Alachua County area, you can go wrong at the annual Micaonopy Fall Festival.    For the past 40 years, thousands have gathered under the old oak trees for the Micanopy Fall Festival. The festival is sponsored by a committee comprised of fifteen local …

Downtown Festival & Art Show, November 14 and 15, 2015

North Florida’s art scene swings into high gear on Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 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 will be transformed into a celebration of …

Sugar Refined: Cupcakes Take Center Stage in Newberry

In my humble opinion as a food writer, there’s nothing quite like a properly baked cupcake.  And if you add buttercream icing and some sprinkles, it gets even better.  Sugar Refined Bake Shop is located in downtown Newberry at 25345 Newberry Road.  There are always plenty of cupcake and pastry choices in the cases, and …

Small Town Escape: Newberry in Western Alachua County

Many consider Newberry to be a “suburb” of busy Gainesville, the county seat of Alachua County, Florida.  Located at the crossroads of US27 and SR26, it seems Newberry is often overlooked by folks traveling through the downtown.   Newberry’s official Main Street is US27, but it’s along east/west SR26 (Newberry Road/University Avenue if you’re heading west …

Bike, Hike or Ride Your Horse at San Felasco Hammock State Park, in Alachua County, Florida

This preserve has one of the few remaining mature forests in Florida. The limestone outcrops and extreme changes in elevation provide ideal conditions for many species of hardwood trees, including several champion trees. Bobcats, white-tailed deer, gray foxes, turkeys, and many species of songbirds make their homes in the 18 natural communities found in the …

Take a Tour and Taste a Sample at Island Grove Winery, near Gainesville

I’m a product of college in the 60’s.  That means when I hear the words “local”, “southern” and “blueberry wine” in the same sentence, I think of the  Boones’ Farm Apple wine and “Mad Dog 20/20” common at fraternity parties.  But I’m a pretty open-minded guy and recently took the opportunity to visit Island Grove …

13th Gainesville Jazz Festival, May 2, 2015

Don’t miss this great event.  It’s scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 7PM, at Tioga Town Center, just west of Gainesville. 7pm – Gary Langford and the EOS Band 8pm – Hard Luck Society 9pm – Chasing Time 10pm- Little Mike and the Tornadoes with Sheba the Mississippi Queen   *Funding for this program provided in …

Save The Date: 12th Annual Reeling For Kids Fishing Tournament, Steinhatchee, June 5 & 6, 2015

The Doug Johnson Reeling For Kids Saltwater Challenge is the highlight of the tournament year on Natural North Florida’s Big Bend.  The event benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alachua County and attracts anglers from all over the southeast, including many professional football players who played in the NFL with Doug Johnson, or at …