Happy Friday everyone! If you like getting outdoors...this weekend will be great. Not only weatherwise...but also when it comes to things to do around our area.
Downtown Lake City will be the place to celebrate the arts this weekend. MADDFEST 2011 will be underway at Olustee Park in downtown Lake City. The MADDFEST Spring Arts Festival showcases some of the talent across northern Florida....featuring musicians, actors, artists and dancers of all ages. There will be plenty of food and hand-made arts and crafts....with all of the booths and vendors surrounding the main stage. MADDFEST 2011 runs through 9 p.m. tonight....and Saturday. If you're heading to Lake City, Olustee Park is located north of Duval Street (highway 90) between Hernando and Marion Avenues south of City Hall. Your text to link...
With Spring well underway....and lots of people getting out in their gardens...you might be looking for ideas on what to plant. If that's the case you might want to check out what is considered by some to be "Gainesville's premiere horticultural event." Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is holding it's annual Spring Garden Festival this weekend. The festival will feature around 200 booths featuring everything having to do with the garden....whether it be plants, accessories for the garden, and landscape displays. There'll also be arts and crafts, food, things for the kids to do, and more. Kanapaha's Spring Garden Festival runs Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10-5 p.m. at the Gardens' site at 4700 S.W. 58th Drive in Gainesville. It's about one mile west of I-75 on Archer Road. Your text to link...
If you like chili....and I certainly do....then we have an event for you. Saturday is the day for the O'leno Ole Chili Cookoff at Oleno State Park. The park will be the place for the event sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International. You can bring your own recipe to compete.....or just sample what's there. Also at Oleno is the Springs Celebration which will feature music, water experts, tours of the river sink....in addition to other water activities. The Chili Cook-Off runs from 9-3 Saturday....while the Springs Celebration runs from 11 to 3. If you haven't been, Oleno State Park is located on highway 441, about 6 miles north of High Springs. Your text to link...
March is National Red Cross Month....and the American Red Cross of North Central Florida is celebrating by hosting it's fourth annual CPR-a-thon. The CPR-a-thon will provide hands-on training and skills....which can prepare you to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults. The Red Cross believes everyone should have those life-saving skills.....and their goal Saturday is to certify 200 people by offering low cost CPR training. Anyone can register. There are two sessions....one from 8 to noon, the other from 1 to 5 pm. Just go to Hilton University of Florida's Conference Center on SW 34th Street in Gainesville. Your text to link...
And...if you have some free time Sunday, you might want to check out The Sedoctaves....the University of Florida's only all-female a cappella group. They'll be performing at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville. Showtime is 2 p.m. Sunday. Your text to link...
Enjoy your weekend!
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