Editor's Note: The following calendar is an initial attempt to keep all aware of Cedar Key events Understand the calendar is not complete and is undergoing daily alterations. The links will take you to the CKN articles/announcements which contain additional specifics. Indeed, it is a work in progress.
12/12 Fiction Book Bunch, 1:30 pm, Community Garden Living Room on Second Street two lots west of the Island Hotel, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/2657-book-bunch-december-5-2016
12/13 Brazilian Pepper Control Training, 9–10:30 am, Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge Headquarters off County Road 347, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/2644-brazilian-pepper-buster
12/14 Cedar Key Garden Club Christmas Luncheon, 11:30 am, Episcopal Church Hall
12/16 Brazilian Pepper Busting, 9-12 pm, meet Roger McDaniels’ group at Cedar Key Marina, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/2644-brazilian-pepper-buster
Come out and enjoy a full day of basketball beginning at 9:00 am when your SHARKS take on Dunnellon Christian in the first game of our double elimination tournament. Games will be ongoing throughout the afternoon with the championship game scheduled to begin 3:15. Admission for the entire day is $5 and concessions will be available.
In 1976, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners called for persons interested in compiling a history of Levy County to commemorate America’s Bicentennial. The effort was led by Bronson teacher, Sydney Gunnell. The first issue, entitled Search for Yesterday was so successful that the group of historians, the Levy County Archives Committee, went on to produce 27 more volumes.
When the Board of County Commissioners dissolved the Archives Committee in 2009, custody of the back issues of Search for Yesterday passed to the Levy County Historical Society. Working with the Levy County Library System, the copies of Search were made available at each of the five libraries and the Levy County Quilt Museum.
Recently the Historical Society made arrangements with the Digital Production Department of the Florida Family and Community History project at the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries to have all 28 volumes of Search for Yesterday and the All Name Index digitized. The information will then be placed on the University’s website and made available to interested persons and researchers everywhere.
The volumes of Search for Yesterday are chocked full of Levy County marriage records, driver’s license applications, minutes of the Board of County Commissioners, extracts of court records, the family histories of pioneer families, and much more.
What to do with all of the back issues? The Commissioners approved the suggestion of Historical Society president, Toni Collins to place the back issues in the County’s public libraries where library patrons and interested persons are invited to claim any number of back issues for FREE. So bring your carry all bags and browse to your heart’s content.
Since the Cedar Key Public Library is currently closed, volumes are not available at that location. Hours of operation of all Levy County libraries can be found at http://www.levylib.org.
CALLING ALL CEDAR KEY ARTISTS WHO MAY HAVE SUFFERED LOSSES TO THEIR ART WORK, THEIR SUPPLIES, OR THEIR STUDIOS DURING HURRICANE HERMINE
The Cedar Key Arts Center Board is reaching out to Cedar Key Artists who may have suffered damage or losses to their art work or their supplies or studios during Hurricane Hermaine. We would like to offer each of you an opportunity to display a few of your works of art at the Cedar Key Arts Center during January. You could attach your card with a contact number on it to your art and people could call you directly if they are interested in purchasing a piece.
On Saturday, December 3, the some twenty-six Community Garden gardeners, and their fellows, supped on creative home-made finger foods, some of which….ever so perfectly…were made of the garden produce: sage shortbread cookies! What a treat. Cream cheese roll ups, chocolate “everythings,” banana bread, chicken salad, chocolate biscotti, and more delighted the palate.
The gathering was made more enjoyable because it brought back friends from other places who will winter here in Cedar Key. Canada, upstate New York, Virginia, and more places were represented.
In typical Community Garden Leader Tom Deverin fashion, the business meeting took four minutes. He:
The Cedar Key Artist-in-Residence Program has selected painter Daniel Gottsegen as artist in residence for 2017. Known for his meditative renderings of the natural world, Gottsegen will live and work at the University of Florida Seahorse Key facilities Feb. 12 to 18.
Sponsored by the Cedar Key Arts Center, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges, the artist-in-residence program gives artists the opportunity to draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the Nature Coast, said Mendy Allen, program coordinator for the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key, Florida.
For the last four years, artists in residence have stayed at the Seahorse Key Lighthouse, a pre-Civil War structure that offers excellent views of the key and the Gulf of Mexico. Seahorse Key is also the site of the UF/IFAS Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory, which provides lodging and other resources for researchers studying local wildlife and coastal systems.
We hope the meeting of art and science in a place such as Seahorse Key will be a fruitful one,” Allen said.
Initially, one needs to know nothing about peppers to join the group, become active, or just tag along and enjoy the good company and the purposefulness of the activity.
Do come and investigate what goes on in the training and see if you would like to take part. No expectations or obligations are involved.,,,just a meaningful morning experience for you.
The United Methodist Women announce their annual Christmas Bazaar at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church (corner of Hwy 24 and 4th Street). The event is Saturday, December 10th from 9 to noon.
A Cookie Walk (many home-made varieties of cookies available), White Elephant Table, Crafts and Lunch consisting of chili, beef stew, cornbread, dessert, and drinks will be available.
Please come and join us!
…a note from Dr. Savanna Barry