Happy Friday everyone!
For most Floridians this isn't the perfect time of year for swimming outdoors....but you might want to give this event a try. Ichetucknee Springs State Park is having its annual Ichy Nippy Dip Day Saturday. The event is a tradition that actually predates Ichetucknee becoming a state park. You and your friends can celebrate the first Saturday of the new year by jumping in the 72 degree water. The problem this time of year is not jumping in but getting out of the water. The park will have hot cocoa, treats and a warm campfire to help out in what is our variation of the polar bear plunge. It's Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm at the park near Fort White.
This is a good weekend to catch some sports over at UF. The Gator swimming and diving teams started competition today and continue a meet with Kentucky and Ohio State on Saturday at the O'Connell Center beginning at 10 am. Later, the men's basketball team is back in action at the Odome. The 8-4 Gators take on South Carolina with tip-off at 7 pm Saturday. Sunday, the ladies basketball team is in the dome to face Auburn starting at 1 pm.
For music, country band Sawyer Brown is appearing in Marion County this weekend. The band originated in central Florida in the early 1980's. Since then, the CMA and ACM award winning group has had more than 50 singles on the country charts. They're appearing at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm. Meanwhile, if you're a Van Halen fan, you might want to head to the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala. Our radio partner WIND-FM is Rocking the Reilly with the tribute band Van Halen Completely Unchained. They perform Saturday at 7:30 pm.
Gardeners, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is having its Camellia Show this weekend. The two day event has Camellias of all colors, shapes and sizes. The event, which runs Saturday from 1 to 5 pm and Sunday from 9 to 4, is designed to educate the public about the care and appreciation of the flowering plants.
Enjoy your weekend!