Cedar Key Resident Bob Wooley presented the second in a series of Cedar Key Historical Society Coffees. Wooley and his topic, Florida in the Civil War, drew a crowd of nearly sixty persons.
Due to the high water during Hurricane Hermine, some papers belonging to Richard L Smith have been displaced. We are happy to return those papers to the family of Richard L Smith. Please call 543-5549. Amy Gernhardt, Executive Director, Cedar Key Historical Society Museum between the hours of 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.
On Saturday, March 19, the Levy County Historical Society entertained and taught another full audience about the importance of the Cedar Keys in the Civil War. In full Confederate regalia, Bob Wooley, a member of the Gainesville Civil War Roundtable of North Florida, rounded out the enlightening, extensive series.
Wooley began his talk with a video of other reenactors and himself igniting Confederate cannons in North Carolina. The mortar’s sound, the kickback, and smoke brought some reality to the audience. Wooley spent some time explaining the lead up to the skirmish, adding much to the audience’s understanding of the whole event. Wooley’s talk, in historian Toni C. Collins’ words, set “forth the events that occurred early on the morning of February 13, 1865, between Union and Confederate soldiers in the fields on the mainland near one of the station stops on the Florida Railroad.”
State Library and Archives of Florida Staff Historian Joshua Goodman delivered the first of the three-part series titled “Soldier, Refugee, Sailor, Contraband: the Many Faces of War” in January.
Levy County Historical Society President and author Toni C. Collins presented the second in the series, “Salt - The Lifeline of The Confederacy,” in February.
Between 250 and 300 area residents and visitors enjoyed the series at the Cedar Key RV Resort. One hopes that the Levy County Historical Society is pondering something equally engaging for 2017.
Captain McCain’s sage advice upon leaving the dock was not to fall overboard as the boat is a powerful one and could do a soul damage. He added, “If you do end up in the water in the channel, just swim a few yards and then stand up; I’ll get you,” referencing the very shallow water. Both pieces of good advice.
The Cedar Key Food Pantry’s administrator Donna Beach and financial manager Jeri Treat welcomed the Community Garden’s first small harvest from Lions Club President Eileen Bowers Thursday at the Cedar Key Food Pantry at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church.
Arugula, other lettuces, basil, kale, and other greens were among the small harvest. This Cedar Key Garden Club’s Community Garden contribution is another part of our “community coming together to support the Pantry.” “A lot is going on at the Food Pantry,”’ commented Beach. “We are so thankful to the Lions for their ogling supply of fresh milk for years.”
This Christmas brought the wonderful surprise of: a spaghetti dinner, a half palate of food, and a monetary donation from the folks at Cedar Key RV Resort some nine miles north of Cedar Key on State Road 24.
Beach reminds the community that items that continue to be needed are:
Items may be dropped off at the Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church entrance on Third Street on Thursday afternoons.
CONCERNS OF BEACH AND TREAT?
After much thought, Cedar Key News staff thought a series of four shorter articles would be the best approach to updating/informing readers about the Pantry. Each of the four is worth reading, even if you believe you know the Pantry well. Things change; needs change. So the Pantry changes, adapting to needs of this community.
The four articles are:
Cedar Key News will publish one a day, attempting not to overwhelm readers.
WHO MAKES THE PANTRY WORK?
With rare exception, you will find both Beach and Treat greeting visitors and distributing stores every Thursday at the Food Pantry.
Catalano further reported that from the Second Cedar Key Pirate Invasion in September 2014, the organization delivered a $500 check to the Pantry and collected nearly half of the canned goods that they collected in 2015. “It’s going to get bigger every year,” said Catalano.
The Cedar Key Food Pantry’s Donna Beach and Jeri Treat happily accepted the check on behalf of the Pantry and thanked Catalano for his work and delivery.
The Eagles will change meeting dates this month.
ATTENTION, ALL EAGLES
NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS!!
Due to the Seafood Festival we are changing our meeting from October 16, 2014 to October 23, 2014 at 7PM.
We raised enough to purchase 13 more gas cards, which is a LOT.
Can't say enough about our crew! Ken Young, you COOK! Lynn Renfroe, you just grinned and worked. Mike Fischer, love that garlic bread! Marty and Buzz Healy were invaluable, just jumping in, and DOING. Katie Bancroft-Lady, you are superb, just swinging in, smiling, and working. (and you roll a might mean silverware-wonder where you learned THAT?) Jacquelyn Slaughter, you just kept asking for "another task". Loretta Fettig, you "swung in there" and worked. Eileen Bower, glad you felt well enough to be our cash counting, ticket dispensing cashier. Patti Hopson, is there anything you won't do? Noah Webster, you are a MASTER of conserve, compost, recycle and reuse! Larry Feldman, we really really didn't expect you to wield that broom.
Now, onto MY favorite part, the desserts.... they were fantastic!! Many thanks to Judy Treharne, Chris Black, Sarah Cardona, Tom and Nan Hooker, and the chocolate covered cherry cake queen, Susan Rosenthal.
Virgil-even though I give you a hard time, and the city crew of Brian and Mike, Thank YOU. You went over and beyond.
Miss Brenda and Henry, (my Nana has ice) thank you for the ice AND coolers.
Eagles 4194, thank you "filling the holes," not that I have EVER forgotten anything. The Food Pantry helped us, providing the pasta and other ingredients.
Winn Dixie in Chiefland has a GREAT produce department, they HAND selected the lettuce AND tomatoes.
May thanks to my own dear, Will Winegarden, who does not get upset when our house becomes a staging ground, and cleans up afterwards.
My "other family," Nature Coast Realty, Inc, thank you for giving me the time to do! Without you, I wouldn't have time, energy, or a "real job."
Caryn Stephenson and Anne Young of Pelican Realty, thank you for SELLING tickets.
And last, but far from least, the beautiful, wonderful, wonderous, loving people of Cedar Key, who came with large appetites and open pockets. I enjoyed watching friends and neighbors breaking bread, visiting, and ENJOYING fellowship and good times.
If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me, I am still "fuzzy" from the love shown by the people of MY town, the ruby red Gem of the Nature Coast, Cedar Key, FL, the town with a HEART.
The Cedar Key Eagles are proud to host two large events in the month of October.
Much, much work and many, many tasks were completed this past Wednesday, March 29, at the Cedar Key Community Garden. From eight to early two in the afternoon, the group stopped only for scrumptious 1842 Daily Grind scones and coffee and, of course, Deverin-provided bottles of cool, refreshing water. Good fellowship, great company, and accomplishment were the orders of the day, all under the expert leadership of Tom Deverin (ever so elusive to the camera).
A new irrigation system was installed with Joe Hand and Alban Cyr mechanizing the operation while Bill Seyfert, our new-Canadian-best-friend Pierre, and Gene Higa dug the trench that now runs from the north beds to the south and the west of the Garden. The system will keep the Garden’s front flower area and the length of the trellis hydrated through the summer months on a timed system.
Beth Mizell, Linda Seyert, Kathy Sturr, and Mandy Offerle laid irrigation hose throughout the area and covered it with mulch. Pat Deverin tended all the wildflowers surrounding the two palm trees mid-garden. Sue Colson's nasturshiums punctuated the beauty of the Garden.
Jeri Treat fertilized the flowering shrubs. Maria Sgambati and Sam Gibbs built berms, laid insulation, and covered with shells the two crepe myrtles so that water will not drain away. Lois Benninghoff hauled away debris in her golf cart.
Indeed, a fine time was had by all and the Garden even lovelier than before (if that is possible).
WHERE: CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER, 457 SECOND STREET
It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day in Cedar Key and in its Community Garden: