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GOLDEN GAVEL
AWARD WINNERS
August 17, 2017

We would like to congratulate every one of our theatre family for an amazing 2016-2017 season.  It would not have been possible without the involvement of each and every one of you.  We would also like to give a special thanks to Sandra Tapia and crew for making our Golden Gravel ceremony a heartfelt occasion that we will all cherish.  The following are our Golden Gravel recipients for 2016-2017.

BEST ACTRESS
 Jennifer Delong for And Then There Were None
BEST ACTOR
 Valdeen Fletcher for Wizard of Oz
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
 Melissa Hoke for And Then There Were None
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
 Wil Rucker for A Lion in Winter
BEST YOUTH ACTOR
 Eowyn Verhaeren for Charlotte's Web
BEST YOUTH VOLUNTEER
 Laci Acevedo
BEST ADULT VOLUNTEER
 Albert  Acevedo
BEST DIRECTOR
 There was a tie:
 Diana Child for And Then There Were None
and Laura Blanton for Smoke on the Mountain
BEST SHOW
There was a tie:
 Diana Child for And Then There Were None
and Laura Blanton for Smoke on the Mountain
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SVP AUDITIONS FOR
 ANGEL STREET
July 18, 2017

Auditions for Angel Street are being held July 22, 9 am to 12 and July 24, 6 to 9pm at the Chief Theater, 25 East Park Avenue, Chiefland, Florida.

A Broadway hit first produced on the West End under the title Gaslight and filmed twice, Angel Street tells the story of the Manninghams who live on Angel Street in Nineteenth Century London.  As the curtain rises, all appears the essence of Victorian tranquility.  It is soon apparent however, that Mr. Manningham, a suavely handsome man, is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness which masks more sinister motives.  


SVP PRESENTS…
July 7, 2017
 
Summer is cooler and busier than ever, thanks to the Suwanee Valley Players.
 
August 5th, 6pm - 9pm
Do you have hidden talent?
Come audition for our annual Tri-County Talent Show! We are looking for youth through age 17 and adults 18 and up to share their talents in the August 8th competition.  This year's theme is Country Jamboree.  Auditions will be held at the Chief Theater.  Call 352-210-8792 for more information. 
 
July 21-30th
Charlotte's Web
The Suwannee Valley Players and Chief Theater are proud to present the Children’s Summer Production and their version of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web adapted by Joseph Robinette.  The Children's Literature Association named this "the best American children's book of the past two hundred years," and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer."  
Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. Presented by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, Illinois. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM and Sunday’s at 2PM.  Call 352-493-ARTS to reserve your tickets.
 
July 22nd and July 29th
Special Saturday Matinee's! What Fools These Mortals Be
A meditation on love, taken from the works of Shakespeare, adapted by Anthony Powell.  Excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, the Taming of the Shrew, and Love's Labor's Lost alternate with some of the bard's most beautiful sonnets in this very funny and moving show. 2pm.  Call 352-493-ARTS to reserve your tickets.
 
It's all happening at the Chief.
 
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SVP PRESENTS…
July 7, 2017
 
Summer is cooler and busier than ever, thanks to the Suwanee Valley Players.
 
August 5th, 6pm - 9pm
Do you have hidden talent?
Come audition for our annual Tri-County Talent Show! We are looking for youth through age 17 and adults 18 and up to share their talents in the August 8th competition.  This year's theme is Country Jamboree.  Auditions will be held at the Chief Theater.  Call 352-210-8792 for more information.
 
July 15th, 4pm
Director's Forum
Come meet the directors for the 2017-2018 season, and find out how you can get involved in the different shows. This season includes: the Tri-County Talent Show, Angel Street (Gaslight), Sander's Family Christmas, Putnam County Spelling Bee, Noises Off, Anne of Green Gables, dinner theater productions, and more.  All levels of talent are welcome from beginner to retired professional. Call 352-210-8792 for more information.
 
July 22nd 9am-12 and 24th 6pm-9pm
Auditions for Angel Street (Gaslight)
Angel Street focuses on a seemingly normal couple, the Manninghams. It turns out that the suave Jack Manningham is slowly torturing his wife, Bella, into insanity under the guise of kindness. Soon, Bella is visited by a Scotland Yard inspector, Roughy.  He convinces her that her husband is a maniacal criminal wanted for a murder committed 15-years-ago. Bella gains confidence in herself as she and the inspector work together to build up evidence against Jack.  Looking for two males, three females, and two extras.
 


SVP CLEAN-IP DAY SCHEDULED
May 19, 2017

The Suwannee Valley Players will be having a clean- up day at the theatre June 24th from 3pm-7pm.  They are asking for everyone to come out and lend a hand.  The more that show up, the quicker this will be.  We mainly need to just straighten stuff up but it's very manageable.  Please let Stephanie Crawford know if you can attend.  Also, for students, this will count towards  volunteer hours.

Stephanie Crawford/secretary

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INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN
THE CEDAR KEY FICTION BOOK CLUB?
May 12, 2017

The group meets for an hour in the library at 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month from November through May, although we understand that not everyone will be able to attend each meeting. If you are interested, we would like your input.

In the past, the group has used the first meeting to discuss which books to read for the season, but this year, we'd like to do things differently. We would like to select the books this summer and distribute the list of books by late summer/early fall so we can "hit the ground running" at the November meeting and so that those of us who like to read ahead will have the opportunity to do so. This would also give Librarian Molly Jubitz the ability to order at least one copy of each book for the library.

If you would like to attend the meetings, we are asking that you submit a list of no more than six books that you recommend for the group. Your list should include books that you've read and enjoyed or books that you have on your "to read" list. Since there are many older books that are well worth reading, please don't feel that you have to limit your list to current books. For each book, please include the title, author and a brief description of the book. Also, if you will only be in Cedar Key for a few months and especially want to read any of your book list while you are here, please tell us which meetings you'll join us.


CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
SUMMER ART PROGRAM
FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
AND TEENS

April 29, 2017

apr 29 ckac SUMMER PICThe Cedar Arts Center Summer Art Program will begin on July 10th and end on July 21st.   Registration will begin the first week of May.  Registration forms will be available at Cedar Keyhole and also at Cedar Key School. 

Certified art teacher, Jessie Rothbard will be the instructor for the elementary students.  Students who will attend first through fifth grade for the 2017 – 2018 school year are eligible for this class.  The class will start at 9 am and end at 11 am.   

The program for the teens will be taught by several artists.  Students who will attend sixth through twelfth grade for the next school year are eligible for the teen classes which will be held at 1 pm and end at either 3 or 4 (depending on the class).

The cost for elementary students is $20 for the entire two weeks.  Teens pay $40 to take all the classes or may pay $10 for each individual class.  Partial scholarships are available through the Arts Center but must be approved by Patty Jett (cell (352) 562-6472) or Susan Rosenthal. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patty Jett.

On Friday, July 21st, there will be an exhibit of the students’ work.  Everyone is invited to attend the exhibit.  It is exciting to see the caliber of creativity that is generated during the CKAC Summer Art Program. 

The photo is an example of some of the work created last summer by elementary students.   

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SUWANNEE VALLEY PLAYERS AUDITIONS
April 26, 2017
 
Suwannee Valley Players is pleased to announce
 auditions for the Summer Children’s Production.
 
The classic children’s story, “Charlotte’s Web”
The Children's Literature Association named this "the best American children's book of the past two hundred years," and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation.  All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig."  It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.


SVP PRESENTS
AGATHA CHRISTIE THRILLER
April 24, 2017

Are you looking for suspense? Thrills? And all of this in a cushioned seat surrounded by air conditioning?

Then look no further than SVP's next production Agatha Christie's  And Then There Were None.  The cast has been working very hard to perform this fantastic show for you that you will want to see again and again.  So, please, tell your friends they will thank you for it.  

Show dates are May 5-7, and 12-14.  Make your reservations now as seats are already filling up.  Call 493-ARTS for more information!

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
April 20, 2017

Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U. N. Owen.  Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret.  That evening, reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realize the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again...

Join us at the Chief Theater in Chiefland as the Suwanee Valley Players present Agatha Christie's popular murder mystery And Then There Were None, on May 5-7, and 12-14.

Make your reservations now as seats are already filling.  Call 493-ARTS for more information!  Open box office hours are as follows: April 11 from 6 pm-8 pm, April 13 from 7 pm-9 pm, April 18 fron  6 pm-8 pm, April 29 from  9 am-11 am, and May 2 from 6 pm-8 pm

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CEDAR KEY LIBRARY
OFFERS ROCK PAITING
April 13, 2017
 
 
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SUWANNEE VALLEY PLAYERS
AUDITIONS
April 19, 2017
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LOGO OFCA

 
 
 
 
 
OLD FLORIDA
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS 2017 AWARD WINNEERS!
 
 
 
 

 

2017 OFCA Winners BEST

Best of Show Michael Everett
best 2D Bruce Ferguson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
best 3D Jean Yao
 


LOGO OFCA

 
 
 
 
 OLD FLORIDA
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
COMING UP APRIL 8 and 9, 2017...
ONE MORE REASON TO TAKE PART
March 31, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
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).
 
 
 #1. THE CEDAR KEY COMMUNITY
 
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The number one reason given for visiting the OFCA by both visitors and artists: the people! Cedar Key was challenged with extensive damage by Hurricane Hermine and, as they have done in the past when crisis hits the community, Cedar Key residents, friends and family responded with the energy, dedication and comradery that makes an outstanding community. Cedar Key is open for business again and it's a place you should visit, not just for the art or the food, not just for its natural beauty or long history, or because the OFCA is a free and pet-friendly event, but because of the people. The friendliness and hospitality of Cedar Key makes it the #1 reason to join us for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts April 8 & 9 2017.
 
 
 
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Join us at the 53rd Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key this weekend. Booths are open 10 am - 5 pm both days. Art Demonstrations are planned for 1 pm - 4 pm both afternoons.  Enjoy live music, great food, and kids activities in beachfront City Park at this free, pet-friendly, smoke free event.
 
Thanks to our generous sponsors Levy County Tourism Bureau, Palm’s Medical Group, Romanza Festival of the Arts in St. Augustine May 5-14, and Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County in addition to our Prize Award Sponsors, Island Hotel, Old Fenimore Mill, Nature Coast Realty and the Cedar Key Arts Center. More information at: www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or contact
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Helpful Information For All, Regarding
Parking Restrictions and Street Closures:
 
City Park Venue
12:00 noon, Friday – Cars should be removed from parking areas adjacent to the park on 2nd & A Street.
3:00 pm Friday – 2nd St from A to Depot will allow access for Park Vendor Set-up ONLY.
  
Second Street Venue
6:30 pm Friday – Cars should be removed from 2nd Street (Hwy 24 to A) by 6:30 pm. No parking on the section of B Street adjacent to the Island Hotel (Access for Island Hotel Guests Only)
7:00 pm Friday – 2nd St from Hwy 24 to A will be closed for Artist Set-up (Access to the Jiffy and Post office will remain open via the one-lane drive across from the Police Department throughout the weekend, although only short term parking will be allowed, and pedestrian access is recommended).
2nd Street between Hwy 24 and Depot Street will remain closed to traffic until 5 pm Sunday
Midnight Friday night – barricades will be placed on B and C streets and remain in place until 5 pm Sunday.  Hwy 24, A St, 1st and 3rd Streets will remain open to traffic throughout the weekend.
 
The City of Cedar and Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee
appreciate your understanding and cooperation during out 53rd Annual Festival. 
Security and safety are our primary concerns. THANK YOU.
 
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352CREATES POPS UP
IN CEDAR KEY, TOO!
March 30, 2017

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As part of a area code-wide creative initiative, a small group at the Cedar Key Arts Center spent a couple of fun hours last Friday creating several  new varieties of flowers for the Cedar Key Community Garden.   Stop by and see what has "popped-up."

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LOGO OFCA

 
 
 
 
 OLD FLORIDA
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
COMING UP APRIL 8 and 9, 2017...
ONE MORE REASON TO TAKE PART
March 24, 2017
 
 
  
 
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).   
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#4: NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 BEST ART FAIRS IN AMERICA in 2016 by ArtFairCalendar.com. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the best art festivals in America in one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" (Budget Traveler). For more information go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or like us on Facebook at the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.
 
 
#3: AWARD-WINNING NEW AND RETURNING ARTISTS   Sometimes festivals feel like “been here, done that.” At the OFCA you get the best of the old and new. Winning artists from the previous year receive automatic invitations, encouraging top artists to return. Award-winning artists who will be returning to Cedar Key in 2017 include painter & sculptor Leland Williams of Crescent City, FL (Best of Show 2016); basket weaver Jean Yao of Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2016 Creativity Award Winner), and Carroll Swayze (Best 2D 2016). Each year this event also attracts 60-70 new and emerging artists, like last year’s award winning jewelers Claudia Melchiorre of Canaveral, FL (Best 3D) and Caleb Barnaby of Ormond Beach, FL (Award of Excellence).

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#2: OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT WITH ARTISTS AND WATCH THEM WORK  By limiting the number of artists and leaving space between booths for demonstrations, the relaxed layout of the venue is notably different from larger events that often host 250-300 artists and thousands more visitors. Time and space to talk to the artists is encouraged and artist demonstrations are scheduled both afternoons. Through the years artist and visitor surveys confirm that one of the best features of the OFCA is the organizers' commitment to hosting a smaller, more intimate event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
More next week.  For more information about this free, smoke-free and pet-friendly event go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 352-543-5400
 
 
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ONLY DAYS LEFT TO VIEW
FROM THE INSIDE
GALLERY OFFERING AT THE
CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
March 24, 2017
 
 
If you have not had an opportunity to experience the Cedar Key Arts Center March Gallery offering “From the Inside,” you have only several more days to do it. 
 
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“From the Inside” is a display of the selected works of women prisoners at the Florida Women’s Reception Center at Ocala’s Lowell Prison who are under the tutelage of the Journey Daybook Program, a 501c3, created by Cedar Key resident Peggy Herrick.  
 
As its website notes, the Journey Daybook cooperative   “offers participants a heightened sensibility of themselves and the world around them. Participants learn the process of making and illuminating a personal journal in order to discover their artistic sensibilities. This process nurtures the spirit, serves as a catalyst for greater harmony, and provides a unique artistic legacy.”  http://journeydaybook.org/wordpress/
 
 
 
 
 
And, indeed, the program does just that.   When you go to the gallery, you’ll enter a room with ceiling-to-floor black bars where you are on the “inside” reminiscent of being imprisoned.   Further transporting you to the “inside” is videotape which captures some prisoners speaking about their Daybook experiences. 
 
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The videotape attests to these Journey Daybook offerings.  The prisoners speak directly to the camera and reflect on what the Daybook experience has meant to them, there, imprisoned for varying lengths of time.  LaTesha says her drawings allow her “to be with her kids” as she shows her picture capturing her son fishing.  Deborah reflects on the quiet and pleasure of the dogs she cared for before prison and has no access to now.  Miss P says Journey Daybook is “an opportunity to touch goodness,” and teaches her “how I can change my life.”  Celeste says the process is “a new way to express myself,”  and says she is “working on changing myself around.”
 
On the video, Journey Daybook Creator Peggy Herrick and Prison Project Coordinator Barbara Beyton explain that they and volunteers go to the prison and work with women in small groups teaching them units in drawing, painting, design, collage, and writing.  The program has trained 51 women thus far.
 
For the past four years, Herrick, Robin Gillies, and Patty Jett, also from Cedar Key, volunteered to facilitate the program at the prison.

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OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTSLOGO OFCA
COMING UP
APRIL 8 and 9, 2017...
MORE REASONS TO TAKE PART
March 20, 2017

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).

MAR 20 CKAC OFCA Sunset 2#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.MAR 20 CKAC OFCA Susan Dauphinee

 #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.

MAR 20 CKAC OFCA SEAFOOD#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.

More next week.  For more information about this free, smoke-free, and pet-friendly event go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 352-543-5400

 All Photo Credits:  Ann Kamzelski   PICTURE:  Susan Dauphine 

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OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTSLOGO OFCA
COMING UP
APRIL 8 and 9, 2017...
MORE REASONS TO TAKE PART
March 20, 2017
 
 

of the Arts, April 8th and 9th, One of the Top 10 Art Fairs in America (2016 ArtFairCalendar.com Survey).

MAR 20 CKAC OFCA Sunset 2#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.MAR 20 CKAC OFCA Susan Dauphinee

 #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.

MAR 20 CKAC OFCA SEAFOOD#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.

More next week.  For more information about this free, smoke-free, and pet-friendly event go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 352-543-5400

 All Photo Credits:  Ann Kamzelski   PICTURE:  Susan Dauphine 

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BE AN
OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS PURCHASE AWARD PATRON (PAP)
March 2017

MAR 18 CKAC Jean YaoThe 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!

  • WHO and WHAT IS A PURCHASE AWARD PATRON?  A PAP is anyone who wants to commit ahead of time to “go shopping.”  Patrons can be business owners, individuals or even someone who decides to buy a Purchase Award as a gift for a friend or family member (essentially a “Gift Certificate” to buy art at the festival). It’s a win-win-win for the Artist (sale); Patron (purchase) & Festival!
  • HOW DOES IT HELP THE FESTIVAL?  A well-funded PAP demonstrates community support.  When artists are deciding which festivals to participate in they often look at the amount money committed to purchase awards in prior years.  A strong PAP attracts top artists and creates loyalty in our most popular artists.  In turn the quality of art at the show improves and consequently Cedar Key’s reputation as a destination for art enthusiasts is enhanced, thus bringing visitors and support to our island community throughout the year. In addition, since 10% of a Purchase Award pledge becomes a tax-deductible contribution to the festival, PAPs help ensure the long term success and survival of the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.  All, while having fun shopping!
  • HOW DOES IT WORK?  Purchase Awards are sold before the festival in denominations of $250 (each with a buying power of $225).  The week prior to festival, Purchase Award Coupons are distributed and patrons have all weekend to choose a piece of artwork and make their purchase(s) directly from the artist using the coupons. Coupons can be combined with other forms of payment. If a patron cannot find anything they like, the festival will refund the coupon price (minus 10%).
  • ARE THERE ANY OTHER PERKS TO BEING A PATRON?  Thanks to the generosity of Norm & Janice Fugate, patrons are welcomed each year to the Patrons Lounge in their offices next to the Cedar Key Arts Center. Patrons also receive an invitation to the Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Arts Center Sculpture Garden Saturday evening, 5:00-6:30 pm and a big ribbon to give to the artist when a purchase is made.
  • HOW DO I SIGN UP?  It’s easy! Just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 543-5400.


OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTSLOGO OFCA
COMING UP
APRIL 8 and 9, 2017
March 13, 2017

MAR 13 OFCA PIC 1 Cedar KeyWith 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.                                                            MAR 13 OFCA PIC 2 CK Art Festivals 015

#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.

 

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BOOK SIGNING AND SALE
February 16, 2017
 
FEB 24 DYE Book
 
Saturday, February 25
11 – 2 pm
Cedar Key Country Store
Second and D Streets
Meet and greet author Debra Lyon-Dye!
 
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The Wizard of Oz
February 15, 2017

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Chief Theater at 25 East Park Avenue in Chiefland!  Join Dorothy and her friends as they journey from Kansas to Oz and back again in that classic musical, The Wizard of Oz, opening March 3 and running every weekend through March 19th with extra matinees on Saturday March 11 and 18.

Call 352-493-ARTS now to reserve your tickets because we expect most dates to sell out.  This is a must-see performance for kids of all ages presented by the Suwannee Valley Players.  

Tickets are $10 for students, seniors, and military and first responders, and $12 for adults.  Need more information? Give us a call or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chieftheatre/.

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Editor’s Note: 
Cedar Key News apologizes for its tardiness;
this poem ought to have been published yesterday,
2/7/17, the “Tuesday” referred to below.
 
 
Words on the Reopening of the
Cedar Key Post Office
 
The first of September,
a night to remember.
They say Storm Hermine
was the worst there has been.
 
A torrent of water,
she gave us no quarter,
but the people's reaction
was to burst into action.
 
We all praised Chief Sandlin
for his part in the handlin',
but we lost our composure
at the Post Office closure.
 
However, congrats to Jason and his chugging van -
I'm his biggest fan -
and thank the good Lord
Stoney's not my landlord.
 
Now it's one sixty days
that we've been in a daze,
but here's an end to your hoping -
the counter's reopening ----Tuesday morning, with luck!
 
 
(Admiringly and affectionately dedicated to the memory of William Topaz McGonagall, 1825 – 1902, generally known as the worst poet in the history of the English language for his “most unintentionally amusing dramatic poetry”.)
 
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Pix from  the Reopening of the
Cedar Key Post Office
 
 
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Words on the loss
of a Double Americano
January 24, 2017
 
Where once was Curmudgeon,
there's now just High Dudgeon.
Were those Atlantan Baristas
just here to tease us?
 
Perhaps they're not far -
they said R and R -
but if they can be found
there's Arabica to be ground.
 
They weren't here for long,
but it was time for great song,
and it was just plain old mean
to take away our caffeine.
 
If they respond to this plea
it will give us great glee:
we need their coffee and tea and scones too,
so, one eight four two, where are you?
 
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 BEAUTY AND THE BEAK
January 22, 2017
 

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Cedar Key winter resident Janie Veltkamp will be the featured presenter at the Saturday, February 4 talk at the Cedar Key Public Library. The talk will begin at 10:30 am.  
 
In her new upcoming book, Beauty and the Beak, we learn how Veltkamp, a raptor biologist, created a prosthetic beak for a bald eagle from Alaska. Once wild and free, Beauty’s world was shattered by an illegal bullet that damaged her entire upper beak leaving her helpless to feed herself. That’s when Veltkamp created the “Beauty Team” of biologists, dentists, engineers and veterinarians and who designed through collaboration a 3D printed beak for the bald eagle. Her upcoming book describes the natural history of bald eagles from hatching to the time at age 4, as a sub adult Beauty was injured and right up to the 3 hours of surgery that would restore her bald eagle beak!  Would it function? Learn more about this unique eagle and her north Idaho journey!
 
Janie Veltkamp is a raptor biologist and rehabilitator, wildlife educator, trained nurse, and master falconer. She has lifetime care of Beauty the bald eagle and led the engineering team who made Beauty’s prosthetic beak. Jane is founding director of Birds of Prey Northwest, in Idaho, which educates the public about raptor conservation, including through live raptor programs, and provides medical treatment and rehabilitation to thousands of injured birds of prey. She is the eagle expert for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Native American Aviary.

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FREE YOGA IN CEDAR KEY
JANUARY 2017
REVISED SCHEDULE
January 20, 2017
 
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY
Cedar Key Library (upstairs)
8:00 am Intermediate Yoga (Level 2)
CDs, no instruction most days, some experience necessary.
Everyone welcome on Fridays.
 
TUESDAY, THURSDAY
Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)
9:00 am Gentle Yoga
(tapes and instructor assisted)
 
 
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CEDAR KEY LIBRARY SERIES
BEGINS WITH HEATHER DEWAR
January  18, 2017

 The Cedar Key Public Library will present environmental writer Heather JAN 21 FOL PIC 2 When Seas Rise coverDewar on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., in a talk/reading from her new book "When the Seas Rise."

Heather is a native Floridian who grew up in Coconut Grove, where she learned how to steer a boat before she could ride a bike. A former reporter at The Miami Herald, The Miami News, and The Baltimore Sun, she has been writing about Florida environmental issues and their impact on the state's way of life since 1990. Her work has won national and international journalism awards. After more than 20 years in Maryland, she is thrilled to be back home in Florida, as a Gainesville-based science writer and reporters' liaison for the U.S. Geological Survey.JAN 21 FOL heather in swamp oct 2011 natalie edgar

Heather will read from her book "When the Seas Rise." Published in April 2016 by University Press of Florida, the book weaves together true stores - some disturbing, some hopeful - about scientists who are working to understand and improve Florida's future in a warmer world. It is the first in-depth look at the impact of climate change on Florida. Our story starts on the Big Bend Coast......

Please plan to attend the program on January 28. As always, our programs are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided by the Cedar Key Friends of the Library. 

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2017 OLD FLORIDA
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
T-SHIRTS, POSTERS ON SALE
January 14, 2017
 
JAN 14 CKAC OFCA PIC MG 2017The Spring Arts Festival Commemorative t-shirts and posters are now available at the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op at 457 2nd Street in Cedar Key. 
The 2017 Design Contest winning artwork, Water, by  Judi Cain, is featured this year. 
 
Posters are $5 (unsigned), $10 (signed).  T-shirts are $20 and come in Men’s (Grey, M-XXL) and Women’s (Violet, S-XXXL) sizes.  Show your support for the arts in Cedar Key and help us promote the event by getting your t-shirt and wearing it everywhere you go!
 
Picture: 2017 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee
 
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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
PRESENTS
January 12, 2017JAN 11 Event Poster 2017
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