Friday Meanderings

IT’S THIS SATURDAY!!!!!

OLD HOMOSASSA COMMUNITY DAY!!!!!!

I might have been planning this and telling you about this for a couple years.  (or it feels that way)

Let’s have a little history. (I’m trying to make it little.)  But…..

Last year Bill and Debbie Andrews, local people that live and work right at a corner of Yulee drive in Old Homosassa, suggested that the Old Homosassa Heritage Council have a yard sale to raise money to paint the water tower.

WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!!! (that’s their super power–great ideas)

And…..after talking to Marian MacRae, chairperson of the Old Homosassa Heritage Council, that wouldn’t it be cool if we turned it into a major event and included all of our local community groups on the festival grounds and have an open mic on the stage,

she agreed.

Cool!

First year of Old Homosassa Community Day.  American Legion Post 166 had a flag burning ceremony.  Also sold burgers and hotdogs.  Community groups set up booths. Had an open mic with my friend Jaque’s help.

The YARD SALE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!!!!

And then this year.

Yeah, I’m still in charge.  (and how did I manage to get people to agree to let me run things???? That’s my super power!!!!!)

The American Legion Post 166 really needs money to buy a building.  They suggested a pig roast.  Which, thanks to my super friend Connie, turned into Homosassa Goes Hog Wild! (that’s Connie’s super power–thinking outside the box)

Stopped by the Old Mill Tavern one night and gave Chuck Andrews a flyer for the event. (along with numerous other people) He said “Do you need someone to run the open Mic?”  OMG. Chuck is like the best person in the whole entire world to run an open mic.  OMG. (Chuck’s super power is that he is a very great person along with being a very great musician)

And Chuck knows a LOT OF REALLY GREAT MUSICIANS!!!!!! (another super power?????)

OLD HOMOSASSA COMMUNITY DAY!!!!!!

I’ll be there at 6 am to register the artists and crafters and all the other vendors.  My goal was 20 booths.

WE HAVE OVER 30!!!!!

Terry and I have been attending SO MANY LOCAL EVENTS AND HANDING OUT SO MANY APPLICATIONS.

This is NOT my super power.  Talking to all those people and asking them to show up at the event sucks my soul out.

(and makes my mouth really dry.)

I only have so many words every day. (after my total words are used up I just want to curl up in a fetal position)

That’s definitely been the most difficult part of this event.

BUT!!!!!!

I really try to surround myself with really smart people with super powers.

Chuck has brought in PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS THAT ARE PERFORMING FOR FREE!

There will be a tip jar on the stage but the money will go to the Old Homosassa Learning Center.

Jennifer McRae

Jojo Jones

Elvis

And in between all that amazing music will be

The Homosassa Ukers (on stage at 11:30.  OMG I’m in that group.  OMG.  what was I thinking?)

Almost 14 year old Tiffany Ann Mendendez (she’s on Youtube. And I’m going to tell you more about young Tiffany Ann at the end of this section)

Jaque Rasmussen with her amazing clawhammer banjo

And the amazing CHUCK ANDREWS and all his friends and his brother and I hear maybe maybe maybe the Mason Creek Band.  YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! (That’s supposed to be a surprise!!!!! not my super power)

Now let me tell you about Tiffany Ann Martinez.

You can find her on YouTube.

She’s adorable and can really sing.

She is going to Tallahasse to participate in Students in Government.  She has had a bill accepted by the Student Government for saving the Coral Reefs.

She needs $250 to get there.

Can we give Tiffany Ann the money she needs?

She can’t put a tip jar out because we have professional musicians that are playing for FREE!  But we can just go up to mom and give her some cash.

Right?  That’s what I’m doing.

HEY FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND WHATEVER IF YOU SHOW UP AND DON’T HUNT ME DOWN TO GIVE ME A HUG I WILL BE REALLY MAD!!!!!!!

just a warning

FIND ME!!!!!

I might be dressed as a pirate!!!!!

Arghhhhhhh!!!!!

Friday Meanderings

Ohhhh.

It’s Friday.

And let me tell you why I don’t always get a post up in time to actually publish it on Friday.  (Although you know I have a lot to meander about!)

I’m at the Old Homosassa Learning Center almost the entire day on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday is the hardest because it starts with an hour and half of yoga, then a mad dash home for a shower and lunch.  Back by 12:15 for Sew Cool! Workshop. Followed by two hours of volunteering with the after-school program.

Not complaining. That’s what I want my retirement to be.

But sometimes I just don’t want to sit down.  Have a glass of wine.  And fall asleep.  Oh wait, that’s what I’m doing now!

The kids at the Learning Center were particularly trying this week. Probably cause they were excited that…..

Next week is Spring Break.  Did you hear all of our volunteers go WHOOP!

Sad. But. True.!

Three volunteers plus our after-school coordinator.  Three days a week. And we are all wiped out by the end of those two hours.

Yes. I need a wee vacation.

And let’s continue talk about happy news!

Shrimpapalooza!  Saturday!  Parade! Beads!

SO MUCH FUN!

So many other things going on.  This is Banjo Camp weekend.  I’ve gone three years.  Decided not to go this year.  A little sad.

It’s also “Mermaid weekend”.  That’s when all my mermaid friends get together in Cedar Key for the art show.  (Yes these are real mermaids. From Weeki Wachee! Not my imagination!) Thought I’d go up on Sunday but right now I’m leaning towards sleeping in then having a Bloody Mary!

But I’m staying home so I can go to the Shrimpapalooza on Saturday.

If you lived here.  You. Would. Too.

Tim Dorsey. Famous Florida Writer. Is. The. Grand. Marshall. of the parade.  Which is mostly golf carts and local people!  WOO-HOO!

2015 Shrimpapalooza
OH NO! It’s a Shrimp Boil!

Lab

Shrimpapalooza 2013
Wow! Those are some cute kids!
Shrimpapalooza 2013
Hey, that’s Kathy Beck! She must be famous!

Shrimpapalooza 2013

And there’s a festival afterwards!

We’ll be at the Old Mill Tavern for Biscuits, gravy, and Bloody Mary’s at 8 am.  Parade starts at 10 am.

See you there!

2018 Luminary Art Walk

I gotta tell you about the Luminary Art Walk.  I think this was the best art walk yet!  Even though there weren’t as many stops which is kinda sad. (Jim Anderson owner of the Museum Cafe and Printing Shop Museum was ill and the Watsons Art Gallery moved) The shops that were open were crazy busy!

We started out at Old Mill Tavern. That’s kind of what we do.  A tradition?  Or just a normal Friday night.  We stop in.  Dinner with whoever else is there. Sometimes we have to eat at the bar.  Other times there are friends with a few seats open.  And that’s what we had Friday night.  Room for me and Terry at the cool kids table!

Then we all headed out on our golf carts for the art galleries! (cause all the cool kids have golf carts)

When our little slow moving convoy turned the corner, I was amazed at how many cars were parked around the art galleries.  And people.  People everywhere!

We did stop at the Museum Cafe first and that’s when we found out that Jim has been down.  Flu?  Hope he is okay.  Next stop was…..

Riverworks

That’s Lantz McMullen entertaining the guests.  He’s the guitar teacher at the Old Homosassa Learning Center.  Does it for free. (He’s playing for free, too!)

Lantz McMullen

He thinks I’m funny!  (Or maybe he just thinks I’m crazy and it would be best if he just laughed along!)

2018 Luminary Art Walk

There’s copper artist Kevin Jenkins.  Driftwood artist Mark Arnett was there too.  Love the driftwood and copper art. Hope to have a piece in my house someday.  (Hey, Kevin, you hear that?)

2018 Luminary Art Walk

Next stop was the Pepper Creek Pottery and Glass Garage

There’s Christine, making sure Terry knows where to go!  Oh wait, that’s when she was explaining why our friends were howling.  Full moon!  Of course!  Perfectly good reason to howl!

2018 Luminary Art Walk

There were some potters outside displaying their work. (That’s Kathy and Mo–both members of the Homosassa Civic Club)

2018 Luminary Art Walk

I didn’t get any snaps inside the Pepper Creek Pottery gallery.  I don’t know why.  I was there a long time talking to Captain Martha Sue and Angie!

Glass Gallery is right next door.

2018 Luminary Art Walk

2018 Luminary Art Walk

I spotted this fused glass piece on the wall.  Pretty!

2018 Luminary Art Walk

And then saw this one!

2018 Luminary Art Walk

You will be MINE!  I didn’t buy it that night just in case someone that wasn’t local wanted it.  The glass artist told me if she sold it she would make me another one.  Yes.  Both Louise and Lori will custom make glass art on request.  And I’ve made that request when I’ve been buying gifts.  Never bought anything for myself but that blue bowl belongs in my house!

It was great fun.  Talked to some of the artists and they said it was the best turnout ever!

Yeah for art in Old Homosassa!  My dream of an art colony is coming true!