On Saturday, December 14, 2013, there will be a 30th Anniversary Celebration at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. A Mermaid show and IBEX Puppetry will be there as well with an endangered species parade. Live music throughout the day, BBQ lunches will be available for purchase and over 20 conservation agency booths full of exhibits and information.
If you haven’t been to Three Sisters this is a great time to visit. This yearly celebration at the springs is a real treat. The IBEX puppetry, alone, is well worth the trip but you also get to view the park and the manatees from the boardwalk that is only accessible when the springs are open to land visitors.
The event starts at 9:30am with free shuttles running from the Kings Bay Plaza to the springs.
A THANK YOU AND AN INVITE FROM the WGP
The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve send a big 'Thank You' to all who sponsored ducks at our Annual Rubber Duck Race on Sunday, November 24. Over six-hundred duckies hit the water at noon on the Withlacoochee River in Yankeetown during the Seafood Festival and traveled downriver to Boat Basin Park. Duck No. 260 sponsored by Jim Fowler of Yankeetown was first across the line winning $200. The last duck No. 441 sponsored by Susan Roach of Yankeetown came in last and yielded $50. Jim and Susan made the Friends the true winner by donating their funds back to the WGP! Thank you very much.
Join us on Wednesday, December 11, at 6:30 pm at the WGP, 1001 Old Rock Road, and Yankeetown. Vic Doig, Fire Management Officer, with US Fish & Wildlife Service, will present "Fire Management at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge: Burning for Critter!" Mr. Doig's presentation will focus on the beneficial effects of wildland fire on native habitats and wildlife.
As many of us are enjoying the holiday season, we may stop and think about the things for which we are thankful. Our freedom, family and friends, the beautiful Florida weather, hunting and fishing opportunities this winter and camping and hiking trips surely make the list.
Some other blessings to remember are the people who fight for our freedom, those working to keep us safe in our daily lives and those keeping the resources plentiful and the environment beautiful. Often, they may actually be one and the same.
More than 200 members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement have previously served in the military, are currently on active duty or are active in the reserves or National Guard.
2013 CALENDAR of HOLIDAY EVENTS
Cedar Key Woman's Club Fall Market: Nov. 30
This annual event is a great outing on Thanksgiving weekend at the Woman's Club building on SR24. Art, gifts, crafts, homemade baked goods and preserves, a snack bar, and several yard sale tables make shopping a great community outing! Vendors are welcome ¬ call 543-6837.
Dilly Dally Open House: Dec.3
Dilly Dally Gally, located on Dock Street, is having their annual Christmas Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 3-7 pm. There will be refreshments, door prizes, and a store wide sale. Call Dilly Dally Gally for more info 352-543-9146
Island Arts Holiday Open House: Dec. 6
Island Arts is hosting their Open House on Friday, December 6th from 5 – 7 pm. Load up on local hand-crafted good for the Holiday Season. It is located on 509 2nd Street
Cedar Key Arts Center Holiday Mini Projects Party: Dec 9
Come to the Arts Center, from 9am to 1pm, and create some Holiday Memories with handmade crafts including a holiday bracelet to wear and a mini wreath to hang. FREE!. Bring a plate of cookies or light snack to share. Hot chocolate, tea, or coffee & lots of holiday smiles will be provided.
Refuge Hosts Holiday Lighthouse: Dec. 28
The Refuge is hosting a Holiday Lighthouse Open House on Saturday Dec. 28th 10-3 on Seahorse Key. The University of Florida shares information about their lab on Seahorse Key for visitors during this wonderful outing. Enjoy a day of history, heritage and ecology for the holidays!
The United Methodist Women Present
Their Annual Christmas Bazaar
December 14, 2013 - 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church
Lunch will be stew, chili, cornbread, dessert and drinks.
Cookie sale/walk: $8, $6, $4 Boxes
Crafts, Bake sale and more!
Everyone from the community is welcome to join with us in this fun event.
Call Marie Lewis 352-467-4703 for more information.
Lila Mae Curry Knight, 57 of Otter Creek, passed away Nov. 23, 2013 at Regional General Hospital in Williston. She was born in Plant City to the late Bill and Betty (White) Thompson. Lila Mae was a special needs caregiver and enjoyed country music, cooking and shopping. She most enjoyed her family and grandchildren. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Otter Creek
Lila Mae is survived by her husband Anthony Knight of Otter Creek; sons Don 'DJ' & Amanda Curry, Jr of Otter Creek, Jessie & Trevor Knight, both of Bronson; sisters, Margaret Ann Rose of Bronson, Betty Frances Atkinson of IN and Linda Bernice Barnes of Ocala; brother Billy Earl Thompson of Dunnellon and 4 grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Don Curry, Sr. and brother, James 'Peanut' Thompson.
Funeral Services will be Wed. Nov 27th, at 11:00 AM at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services with Bro. Billy Keith officiating. Burial will follow at Galilee Cemetery in Chiefland. Visitation will be Tues, Nov 26 from 6-8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Services for the Curry & Knight families are provided by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050. Condolences may be offered by visiting www.Hiers-Baxley.com