CALL FOR SEAHORSE KEY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE!
August 14, 2015
Seahorse Key Marine Lab, in partnership with the Cedar Keys Arts Center and the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, is pleased to announce the call for the third Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence!
To accommodate growing interest in this program, we have added an online application and a small jury fee. The application deadline has been extended to September 15th.
For more information, please visit the page below. http://cedarkeyartscenter.org/AiR/index.html
Tri-County HealthCare Marketers and SHINE* would like to invite you to join us for a morning of information on your health care options when you are on Medicare. We will have speakers discussing Medicare and variations on your possible alternatives. Businesses, organizations and agencies will be present to answer questions and refreshments will be served. Please, join us at the Chiefland Haven Hospice Community Building, 311 NE 9th Street, on Saturday, August 29th from 9am to Noon. For more information, contact Cheryll Jones at (352) 221-1349.
*SHINE is a volunteer program under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
Uncle Ernie Died Last Week
Ernie, Ernest R. McDonald, Uncle Ernie, died last week. He was a dirt farmer, a son of a dirt farmer, one of those kind that live so close to the soil, to the ground, that they sort of become inseparable, the earth, the farmer, the soil, the ground. Uncle Ernie died last week.
He was maybe, five foot ten though he seemed much taller. He had a barrel chest that, after a deep breath, measured maybe fifty-four inches around. He always wore bib overalls over a cotton plaid work shirt and white socks and clod hoppers on his feet, you know, those boots with the leather laces that come up through the eyes so far then go to those brass hooks above to lace as you wished for the work you were about.
He had a round, red, robust face, and when he laughed which was often, it came from deep in the belly and came out like a rapid machine gun rattle or a hen pheasant forty yards off, too far away to fire that twelve gauge.
I visited him often as a young boy, sometimes with my younger sister, Barbara, and when I did, I stayed in the old house, the big house, a two story wooden frame with a fireplace and registers to allow the warm air downstairs to reach the bedrooms upstairs. His dad lived alone in the big house. I was a visitor there. It wasn’t wired. We used coal oil lamps for light. It was dim most of the time.
Uncle Ernie lived in a small house a few yards off built much like what a few years back we might have called a house trailer. It was wired. The farm was somewhere outside of Salem, in Northeastern Ohio, on a dirt road, in the midst of the Amish people with their black horse-drawn carriages. That’s how it was.
Uncle Ernie farmed eighty acres with two draft horses, work horses with the big hooves, the hair growing long around them, with mechanical plows, rakes, bailers, and the rest, that somehow magically were connected to the yoke behind the horses. His job, that dirt farming, was a tough one.
He was up way before daybreak, shaking me so I dressed and went along, to milk by hand those eleven or twelve milk cows, who spent the night in the lower part of the barn, each of us carrying coal oil lanterns which we hung on nails overhead. The barn down there was steaming and warmer due to heat from the cows and from the decomposing manure, the smell of which you could not escape. That was part of it.
I remember the sound of the squirt, squirt, squirt, as you squeezed the teats, one in each hand, and pulled as you squeezed so as to get the most milk from the utter with each as you alternated left hand then right hand and back up for another grip and yet another stroke, left and right.
And the sound of the squirt of that warm milk as it hit that galvanized pail held between your knees as you sat on that three-legged stool. And the smell of that milk, that sweet unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk as it built in that pail. And the steam coming up from that warm milk, and the color, much more yellow than that we buy at the Market and much stronger by taste, too.
He had some sows and some pigs that ate the leftovers and the apples picked off the ground from the several acres of orchard on the hill overlooking the house, the valley, the farm. I remember a picnic with Uncle Ernie, his wife, Virginia, my dad’s sister, we called her Auntie, under that large maple tree in the pasture, when one large sow got into the picnic basket and made short-shrift of what was in there.
Then his dad died. Then one night the orchard caught fire. All the neighbors came to help to no avail. It was destroyed. Then one of the draft horses got sick and died. And the cows were older and not producing much milk. And the silo collapsed. Uncle Ernie, with a growing family that needed providing, took a job with Chrysler a little ways away. He sold that eighty-acre farm that had been in the family for who knows how many generations, for something like seven thousand dollars. He moved to a place on a hill closer to work and eventually retired from Chrysler.
His last years were spent in a rest home not that far from Salem. He didn’t really belong there. Now he’s back where he belongs, back one with the soil, back one with the ground, as dirt farmers should. Uncle Ernie died last week.
‘Till we meet again, be out there looking for Trouble in Cedar Key…
All meetings/workshops are open to the public, will be held at City Hall, and will begin at 6 pm.
The Suwannee Valley Players are celebrating the Gravel's with a Carnival in Venice theme with food, entertainment and the celebration of a successful theater season.
Tickets are on sale now from Mrs. Becky Gill at 352-443-9096. There will be a limited number available at the door. This event is open to the public and this fun filled evening is available for only $5. Call now and reserve your ticket!
The date is August 15th at 6 pm.
The August Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole in Cedar Key, Florida, is Sheila Thomas, an artist who excels in numerous areas of creativity. Her principle medium is photography and her images are principally of the scenery and wildlife of Cedar Key. Her photos are available framed or as matted prints. Sheila also makes pottery, including raku pots, handmade paper items and pinecone flowers. Her works are colorful and original and exemplify her creativity and originality.
Sheila is a resident of nearby Gainesville, Florida. She describes herself as a “people person.” She has always had a love of art. She has a degree in art education and has taught for approximately eight years.
Sheila is displaying her watercolor, scenes, handmade paper, and art photography. She also makes ceramics and enjoys quilting. She makes beautiful pine cone flowers and bookmarks. She is a doll collector and restores over-looked dolls to their original beauty.
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op comprised of 22 local and regional members. The gallery has been a working enterprise supporting the arts in Cedar Key and displaying the works of area artists for 44 years. The Keyhole is located on historic Second Street in Cedar Key, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, with a rich history in the arts and renowned for its old Florida ambiance, abundant wildlife and gorgeous scenery.
The gallery is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Y'Art sale is back in full swing. Many new items have been brought in for your shopping pleasure. Please, stop in and check out the fine art in the Member's Gallery at greatly reduced prices, antiques and collectibles in the Main Gallery priced ready to move and high quality yard sale items. New items will be added throughout the sale.
The sale is being held now through the end of September from 10 am until 5 pm every day.
CHIEFLAND, FLA. (Aug. 5, 2015) – Job seekers are invited to attend the second annual Tri-County Job Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 10 am to 3 pm 311 NE Ninth Street in Chiefland. There is no charge to participate.
The job fair is hosted by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion in collaboration with CareerSource Florida Crown. It is open to all job seekers throughout both workforce areas and features nearly 20 employers with openings in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.
To date, the following employers plan to attend: American Red Cross, A&N Corporation, Capital City Bank, Childhood Development Services, College of Central Florida, Cross City Rehabilitation, Edward Jones, Family Life Care, Florida Department of Corrections, Haven Hospice, Labor Ready, Levy County Board of County Commissioners, Levy County Department of Public Safety, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Partnership for Strong Families, Regional General Hospital and Taco Bell.
In addition, representatives from several community service organizations will also be on hand, including: American Red Cross, College of Central Florida, Cross City Rehabilitation, Florida Gateway College, Florida Vocational Rehabilitation, FGC – Water Resource Management, Henkels & McCoy, Labor Ready and Partnership for Strong Families.
During the job fair, staff from both workforce areas will be available to help job seekers apply for employment opportunities and register with the Employ Florida Marketplace, the state’s premier online job bank.
Job seekers are encouraged to bring copies of their current resume, show up early and be prepared with a one-to-two minute introduction or “elevator speech” highlighting work experience, training and abilities. Professional dress is required.
A link to more job fair preparation tips, as well as event details and locator map, can be found on the Calendar of Events at careersourceclm.com. Or call 352-493-6813, ext. 2870 or 800-434-JOBS, ext. 2870 (Levy County) or 386-755-9026, ext. 3108 (Dixie and Gilchrist counties).
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and CareerSource Florida Crown are members of the CareerSource Florida network of workforce services and programs. The local, business-led nonprofits connect employers with qualified, skilled talent and job seekers with employment and career opportunities.
We are excited to announce the Call for Artist of the 2016 Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence Program. The Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence, AiR, program was created by a partnership among the Cedar Key Arts Center, the Seahorse Marine Laboratory, and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge to provide visual artists the opportunity to create art inspired by Seahorse Key and the surrounding National Wildlife Refuge. Seahorse Key is located in the Big Bend in northwest Florida.
The deadline for application has been extended to August 15, 2015.
Visit http://cedarkeyartscenter.org/AiR/ for Program information and a link to the application.
There is a Jury Fee of $25 upon submission of your online application, payable through PayPal.
Please, contact us with any questions or concerns to the committee.
Respectfully - SKAiR Committee
The following is a note from Paul Rimavicus’ son Robert.
At 2:47 pm today July 18th 2015, my dad Paul Albert Rimavicus finally laid to rest after a grueling 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. Tough as nails, generous to a fault, and a true leader in any arena he entered...his love, guidance, and enthusiasm for life will be missed deeply by myself, my mother, his brother, and all those lives that were fortunate enough to be part of his.
Services for Paul A Rimavicus will be held at the Black Dog Tavern this WEDSDAY JULY 22nd at 11 am at 360 Dock St, Cedar Key, FL 32625. 706-248-2110.
This is a beautiful rustic establishment over the water on the Gulf, and is the original location of our bar Cedar Key Coconuts. Dad was not a church goer, and did not even particularly want a service, but this will honor him well and we encourage all to attend as we celebrate his life.
Note: As of Sunday evening, the celebration's location has been changed to the Island Hotel.
Most flowering plants fall into one of two categories—annual or perennial. An annual is defined as a plant that goes from seed to flower to seed in one season, and then dies. A perennial dies back, but regrows again the following year from the same root or bulb system. These definitions get a little muddy when you live in a paradise like Cedar Key where you seldom get a hard freeze that signals an end to the growing season.
Annuals generally require very little care beyond watering. They’re not around long enough to need fertilization, they seldom need pruning (with the exception of deadheading—see below), and they’re gone by the first chance of frost. That makes them ideal for the part-year resident, or someone who just isn’t “into” gardening.
Annual plants are inexpensive because they’re easy to grow and since they don’t last very long, retailers want to move them quickly. You can often get a flat of annuals for what you would pay for a single pot of a perennial.
I like annuals because I can time them for maximum bloom, vary the display, and change my mind. I either grow or buy petunias for a prominent flower box to be at their showiest around the Arts Festival in March or April. By the end of June those petunias are done. I could grow petunias again, but I usually go with portulaca (also called moss roses) because they don’t mind hot weather. If the portulaca are still looking okay when my mood changes, I may move them to a different flowerbox and opt for some fall colors from marigolds and zinnias in time for the Seafood Festival. It’s all very affordable because annuals are so inexpensive.
What do I mean by “looking okay”? When an annual has completed its task (produced seed for the next season), the plant tends to get woody or leggy, and stops producing blooms. You can prolong the season by “deadheading”; when a bloom is spent and wilting, pick it. With coleus, as soon as the flower appears, nip it. The spent blooms or flowers send a chemical message to the plant to stop producing, so if you thwart the messenger, the plant keeps going a while longer.
You may have a flower bed of an annual like portulaca or coreopsis that comes back year after year without replanting. Another characteristic of annuals is they produce a lot of seeds. What you’re seeing is the seed from the previous generation coming up. If you like the display this year, either harvest the seeds and save them for next season or try not to disturb the soil when you pull out the dead plants.
So why did I say living in a climate like Cedar Key muddies the definitions a bit? I have petunias, portulacas and dianthus (also called pinks) that are in their second year and looking fine. I consulted The Florida-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design (http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/pdf/FYN_Plant_Selection_Guide_v090110.pdf), and found the notation under petunia “can be grown as perennial in South Florida” and I noticed almost all the plants in the “annual” section of the book are listed again in the “perennial” section.
My advice is enjoy annuals for what they are: showy, inexpensive, easy to grow, and low maintenance. If they last longer than one growing season, consider it a bonus.