The class of five students successfully created pinch pots and fired them under the tutelage of Henry K. Gernhardt Professor emeritus from Syracuse University. Henry and his wife Amy have been sponsoring a Raku Party at their studio Cedar Key Pottery for 17 years.
The students were Nancy Hanson, Nita Cox, Anne Lindgren, Joan Selby, and Carola. They expressed a desire to repeat the class next year. This party was an extension of the Cedar Key Arts Center adult education program.
Photos by Joan Selby.
Pictured here is the raku pot made by Nancy Hanson.
Despite a somewhat rainy day, nearly 200 people enjoyed the Second Annual Art-Filled Home Tour in Cedar Key this past weekend. Visitors enjoyed exploring homes of seven local artists, many filled from floor to ceiling with creativity, in addition to the home of a life-long art collector who shared her collection of artwork from around the world.
The Cedar Key Arts Center would like to thank the hosts and hostesses for generously opening their home for the tour and the Gulf Kart Company and 1842 Daily Grind for supporting the event. Proceeds benefit the Arts Center Renovation Project (www.CedarKeyArtsCenter.org).
Cedar Key Resident Bob Wooley presented the second in a series of Cedar Key Historical Society Coffees. Wooley and his topic, Florida in the Civil War, drew a crowd of nearly sixty persons.
The next walk in the Refuge will be on the Turkey Foot Trail on the morning of Thursday, February 23. Those who wish to carpool, meet at the Cedar Key City Park at 8 am. If you would like to meet at the trail, enter the Lower Suwannee Nature Drive at the south entrance and drive approximately 2 or 3 miles to Pond 4 Road. Continue to the end of Pond 4 Road. We will meet you there at about 8:20.
This walk will be a little over 3 miles along a flat, mostly grassy old logging road. Wear long, light colored pants, if you have them, and tuck the bottoms into your socks. If you have DEET, spray the socks and lower part of the trousers. This is a precaution against ticks.
With the recent rain, we should see some blooming flowers, maybe a few butterflies and some birds. In the event of rain, the walk will be canceled.
2/18 Cedar Key Friends of the Library Present Dr. Jane Brockman, Horseshoe Crabs, Cedar Key Library, 10:30 am, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/2863-fol-present
2/18 Cedar Key Arts Center’s Art-Filled Home Tour, 10 am – 4 pm,
2/20 – 24 Free Dental Clinic, First Baptist Church, 8:30 am – noon, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/2819-dental-clinic-2017
2/21 Cedar Key Land Planning Agency, Temporary City Hall, 3 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/2868-lpa-meets-21-february-2017
2/21 Cedar Key City Commission Meeting, Temporary City Hall, 6 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/2872-city-commission-agenda-21-february-2017
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Visitors of all ages will get up close and personal with local history and wildlife at the next Seahorse Key open house, 9 am to 3 pm on February 25.
A pop-up aquarium of ‘touch tanks’ will let families interact with living marine animals and reptiles collected from the Cedar Key area. Past aquariums have included seahorses, puffer fish and terrapin turtles.
During free guided tours of the island’s pre-Civil War lighthouse, guests will learn about the island’s place in U.S. history, visit the cemetery and climb up to the top of the lighthouse.
“I will talk about the history of the lighthouse from the time it was built in 1854, as well as the effect of the Civil War on the island and the Cedar Key area. You’ll also hear a story or two about local blockade runners,” said Toni Collins, president of the Levy County Historical Society and one of three volunteers leading the tours.
Decommissioned in 1915, the light station now regularly hosts school groups, scientists and artists through programs supported by the Nature Coast Biological Station, part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The island is only open to the general public during open house events.
Neil F. Doty, 60, of Cedar Key, Florida, passed away February 11, 2017, at his home. Neil was the loving husband of Mary T Doty (Terry), father of Triston Doty, Gabrial Doty, TJ Doty, Adrianne Doty, and step father of Julie Mims, Ronnie Saladin, Sarah Saladin, and Adam Saladin. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.
He was the assistant superintendent of the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District for 33 years. Neil also served in the Air Force for four years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Services will be held Friday, February 17. 2017, 4 pm at the Cedar Key Cemetery, Wall of Remembrance. The family will gather after the service at the home of Nickie Rucker, 16856 Sturgis Circle, Cedar Key, Florida.
Hello Levy Tobacco Prevention Friends,
Each year, during the third full week in February, tobacco control programs celebrate "Through with Chew Week" as a way to highlight the health consequences of smokeless tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, dip, spit tobacco, and snus. The highlight of the week is the Great American Spit Out, a day set aside to encourage smokeless tobacco users to quit. This year, the Great American Spit Out will take place on February 23, 2017.
While smokeless tobacco use is not as prevalent as smoking, it does come with its own unique set of risks. All smokeless tobacco products contain cancer causing chemicals. These chemicals increase the risk of cancer in any tissue or organ with which they come in contact, including mouth cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, and colon cancer.
For more than 12 years, the Cedar Key Lions Club has hosted a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Dance. Tuesday, February 14, 2017 was surely the finest in the club’s history.
Local Sweethearts and out-of-town Sweethearts began arriving before 6 in the evening. Spectacular live music from Flashpoint, featuring Eva and Neil Shaw, greeted guests upon arrival. Many Sweethearts enjoyed refreshments while perusing items on the Silent Auction. More than 40 donated auction items found new owners. Proceeds from the Silent Auction fund Lions community service projects in Cedar Key and across Levy County.
Peter Stefani and crew from The Island Room served up a magnificent feast. Sweethearts enjoyed Baked Mahi-Mahi, Beef Brisket and Fresh Seafood in a hearty tomato sauce. The main course was accompanied by new potatoes, garden salad, steamed veggies and the tastiest garlic bread in town.
Homemade desserts, courtesy of Lion Susan Rosenthal and Lion Faye Sanders provided sweet treats for the Sweethearts.
Following dinner, the Community Center started swingin’. From the Jitterbug to the Twist with plenty of slow tunes added for good measure, Sweethearts danced the night away.
On Saturday, February 18, Dr. Jane Brockmann's talk, "Horseshoe Crabs: Biology and Conservation of a Living Fossil" will take place at 10:30 a.m. The American Horseshoe Crab is a species that has seen the dinosaurs come and go, continents drift apart and sea levels rise and fall. Their blood is an important tool in biomedicine, their eyes have provided scientists with fundamental insights into how visual cells work and their eggs are a critical food source for migrating shore birds. Found along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and in the Gulf of Mexico, horseshoe crabs are under threat. To help ensure their long-term survival, it is critical that we understand their life history and reproductive behavior.
Dr. Brockmann and her colleagues have studied the life history and reproductive strategies of horseshoe crabs for over 25 years and in her lecture she will discuss some of her recent findings that will help determine how best to manage horseshoe crab fisheries to assure the long-term survival of the species. In her lecture, Dr. Brockmann will discuss why horseshoe crabs are so useful and controversial and the challenges these ancient and very unusual animals face in our modern world.
The annual membership meeting of Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy (FNCC) will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, 4:00-6:00 pm at Cedar Key’s historic Island Hotel. President Allan Pither will provide an overview of the goals of the Conservancy and its accomplishments in 2016. The meeting is open to all members and anyone considering membership. Food and beverages will be provided.
The FNCC is a charitable land trust that strives to preserve the natural beauty of the unique Gulf coast around the Cedar Keys. The FNCC is actively seeking new members; membership forms for new and renewing members will be available at the meeting. Annual individual memberships are $15 and family memberships are $25.
Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a member of FNCC should come to our annual meeting and/or go to our website www.floridasnaturecoastconservancy.org .
The Levy County Property Appraiser’s Office will be accepting applications for Homestead Senior Homestead and other exemptions on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Cedar Key City Hall from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
For more information please contact: Levy County Property Appraiser’s Office at 352-486-5222. Proof of residency is required: Driver’s license, auto license, voter registration. For additional senior homestead, proof of income will be required.