Horseshoe crabs take 9 or 10 years to reach maturity, depending on sex, and can live over 20 years. This process consists of 16 or 17 moltings with one final molt at maturity. Horseshoe crabs are known for their large nesting aggregations on beaches. In Florida, horseshoe crabs nest in spring and fall, with some males taking part in both nesting seasons.
PHOTOS AND BLURB BY REBECCA GALLAGHER
Look for more CritterS photographs to come.
The Main Gallery hosts the group exhibition, “Re-Generation: About Nature”. Featuring the work of fourteen artists, current students and recent
alumni from University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History Masters of Fine Arts program, explore the idea of nature. Some of the artists interpret the idea of nature by examining the ecologies of humans, plants, animals and the land. Others look within, inviting the audience to reflect upon our relationships with others and ourselves. The media on display are varied: drawing, painting, sculpture, video, photography, and ceramics. The participating artists are Ariel Bowman, David Kaleb Foshee, Annemarie Poyo Furlong, Setareh Ghoreishi, Jessi Hamilton, Logan Marconi, Sue Montoya, Ashley Ortiz-Diaz, Peter Palfi, Robert Perez, Carin Sankus, Kailey Shea Smith, Stephanie Wilhelm, and Ernie Williams.
“Re-Generation: About Nature” opens at the Cedar Key Arts Center on Saturday, April 4th and runs through May 6, 2017.
The gallery at Cedar Key Art Center is open daily from 10AM to 5PM.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded more than $1.8 million for stormwater projects in seven communities. Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) water-quality restoration grants are awarded to local communities and water management districts to implement and construct projects designed to reduce pollutant loads to impaired waters from stormwater discharges.
"The department is proud to partner with local communities to make vital investments in stormwater projects that improve water quality and protect the state’s important natural resources," said DEP Interim Secretary Ryan Matthews.
Funded through annual appropriations from the Florida Legislature, TMDL grants focus on projects designed to restore impaired springs, rivers, lakes and estuaries, which need help meeting Florida's stringent water-quality standards.
Specifically, the TMDL grant program provides funding assistance for communities to implement projects to better manage or treat stormwater. Stormwater runoff is generated when rain flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not seep into the ground. As the runoff flows over paved streets, parking lots and building rooftops, it accumulates debris, nutrients, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is left untreated and runs into nearby surface waters.
3/23 Soup, Study, Share, Christ’s Episcopal Church, 6 – 7:30 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/2904-soup-study-share
3/23 Cedar Key Woman’s Club Unique Fashion Show, Cedar Key Community Center, 1:30 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/clubs-church-groups/39-woman-s-club-news/2879-ckwc-2017-fashion-show
3/23 Cedar Key Friends of the Library present Ken Sulak’s Suwannee River Sturgeon, Cedar Key Library, 5 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/2963-fol-upcoming-events
3/24 Cedar Key Arts Center presents Create a Place, Cedar Key Community Garden, 10 am – 4 pm
3/25 Cedar Key Friends of the Library present Ken Sassaman’s New Findings in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, 10:30 am, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/2963-fol-upcoming-events
Trenton, Florida - On Saturday, March 18th, Trenton's Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival visitors enjoyed a wonderful spring day on Main Street strolling among the booths of over sixty craft and antique sellers, and those of numerous quilting groups. With quilts hung all over downtown, quilt lovers could take a very close look at many colorful exemplars. Visitors expressed their amazement at the talent and creativity on view.
Special quilt exhibits were displayed in The Florida Quilt Museum, at Trenton's Historic Train Depot, in the Ice House and in the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe. Enthusiastic quilters and quilt collectors who developed the exhibits were on hand to talk about their projects. "The quilts were outstanding. Quilt vendors came from as far away as Sarasota," says festival founder and Quilting Coordinator, Stephanie Metts.
Food vendor offerings included brick oven pizza, barbecue, seafood, burgers and hotdogs. "We try to arrange for a variety of food alternatives from local vendors, and many festival patrons take time out to dine at popular Trenton restaurants while they are here," says Pat Watson, the Festival Chairperson and Craft Coordinator.
With the exceptional weather, the number of visitors returned to the historic highs of 7,000-8,000. "It’s amazing how everything comes together at the wire. Not that we don't have glitches, but most things seemed to run smoothly," says Stephanie. "We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather," says Pat.
On Thursday, March 23rd at 5 pm, Dr. Ken Sulak will give his talk titled: "The Primordial Suwannee River Ecosystem - A Tale of Irreversible Human Impact." The talk tells the story of human impact on the river, centered on the story of the Gulf Sturgeon.
Dr. Sulak is a research fish biologist emeritus, recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey. He has 40 years of experience in fish research and conservation biology and has written and lectured widely on a wide range of topics. One focus of his research has been the Gulf Sturgeon, which he will share with us on Thursday.
Saturday's program (March 25 at 10:30 am) will feature Dr. Ken Sassaman, who will give his annual update on the archaeological studies going on in the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges: "Terraforming: What We Now (Think We) Know about the Ritual Economy of Shell Mound (and other news of interest)."
The Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey has spent the past year trying to make sense of the large volume of information collected from Shell Mound and surrounding sites. We now appreciate that there was a heightened level of terraforming from AD 400-650, when Shell Mound thrived. Oyster shell midden was mined and repurposed to construct the south ridge of Shell Mound, a new burial mound east of Shell Mound, and a fish trap at Richards Island. Evidence for terraforming is put into the context of a ritual economy at Shell Mound involved the gathering or people from throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida and beyond. Other new findings will be reviewed.
Dr. Sassaman launched the University of Florida's Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey in 2009, and he has given us a report on the findings each year since then. We always look forward to hearing his new information, and this year will be no exception.
On behalf of the Friends of the Library, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Cedar Key Golf Outing. I would especially like to thank Joe and Betty Chambers and Bob Piscura for the hundreds of hours they spent planning this event. A special thank you also goes to The Big Deck for not only providing a venue for dinner, but sponsoring a team, donating food, sponsoring a hole, and providing many prizes.
The Friends are overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in supporting the Golf Outing. We were thrilled with the money raised last year, and this year the Outing, astoundingly, raised more than double last year’s donation! With the damage from Hermine and the library still struggling to fully open, this donation will help immensely.
WEEK OF MARCH 20
We’re continuing our countdown of the Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, April 8th and 9th, One of the Top 10 Art Fairs in America (2016 ArtFairCalendar.com Survey).
#7: SUNSETS, WILDLIFE AND THE BEAUTY OF FLORIDA’S NATURE COAST Cedar Key is 60 miles southwest of Gainesville at the end of State Road 24. As you cross the bridge onto the islands of the Cedar Key archipelago you know you're someplace special. Its setting in the center of the Lower Suwanee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuges means you're likely to see a wide variety of coastal birds in the estuarial waters. Explore the area by hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, sightseeing, or simply relaxing in one of Cedar Key’s parks or local establishments.
#6: LOCAL ARTISTSThe OFCA is proud to annually welcome a number of award-winning local artists including painter Susan Dauphinee (Awards of Excellence 2014 & 2016). Other popular artists who call Cedar Key their artistic home include Bill Roberts and his daughter Donna Leeward and 2017 Design Contest winning artist Judi Cain.
#5: SEAFOOD AND MOREIn a coastal community like Cedar Key you'll find local oysters, clams, grouper, and more at the dozen or so restaurants in town. You may even want to stop in and have a taste of world famous chowder at Tony’s Seafood. But on festival weekend, don’t miss the homemade baked goods, lemonade, mullet dinners, clam fritters, shrimp sticks, and other treats served up by local non-profit organizations in beachfront City Park. Hosted by the Lions Club, who also arrange live music for the event, food sales at the park generate funds for over 20 local churches, school groups, and other non-profit organizations.
All Photo Credits: Ann Kamzelski PICTURE: Susan Dauphine
The 53rd Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar is just three weeks away. The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee is hoping that you will want to be a PATRON this year. Here are some are answers to some FAQs about the program. Join in the fun!
With the 53rd Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key only five weeks away, we thought that you might be wondering why you should attend the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key in April. Over the next month we will share our Top 10 Reasons to Attend One of the Top 10 Art Fairs in America (2016 ArtFairCalendar.com Survey).
#10: QUALITY FINE ART AND CRAFTS Unlike many Florida arts and crafts events, the 120 artists invited to show their work at the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA) are selected by an experienced jury. Artwork includes traditional 2D paintings, prints, and photography in addition to 3D ceramic, glass, wood, metal, and mixed media sculpture. No mass produced items or country crafts at this event.
#9: LONG AND STORIED HISTORY In the mid-1800s the bustling port town of Cedar Key at the end of the first trans-Florida railroad boasted a population 3-4 times today's census. Time and tides have changed the economics and geography of Cedar Key but what remains in this special part of Old Florida is a resilient community dependent on aquaculture and tourism. Stop by the Historical Society or State Museum to make your trip even more interesting.
#8: ART-FILLED COMMUNITYEven before hosting one of Florida’s first arts festivals in 1964, Cedar Key had become a haven for artists inspired by its quiet natural beauty. Over the years the festival and Cedar Key’s reputation as a destination for artists and art enthusiasts continues to grow. Two local artist co-ops representing over 50 artists, as well as several artist studios, will be open festival weekend.
More next week. For more information about this free, smoke-free, and pet-friendly event go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or call 352-543-5400.
The March Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op is Bob Goodlett. Bob creates stunning Florida landscapes using oil paints. He has won numerous awards in Florida Art festivals, including many Best of Show. Bob has the amazing ability to create light in his paintings, whether it be a streak of lightning or the unique hues in the sky at sunset or sunrise. To make his work accessible to everyone, Bob has made giclee prints of many of his original paintings. All of his paintings are already framed and included in the price of the work.