Features http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/features/todaysfeatures en Hurricane Relief show to bring local artists and more http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/hurricane-relief-show-bring-local-artists-and-more <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cat_island_by_rantz.png" alt="Cat Island by Gene Rantz" title="Cat Island by Gene Rantz" align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> On Saturday, Jan. 7th, from 5 to 7 p.m.
the public is invited to share appetizers, drinks and conversation at the Cedar Key Arts Center and enjoy the multifaceted art produced by Mike Buchanan, Gene Rantz and D. G. Stern, plus three local artists participating in the Hurricane Relief Show.&nbsp; Our gallery welcomes these diverse artists that span the media from fine art to film to basketry.</p> Historical society has three talks on Civil War http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/historical-society-has-three-talks-civil-war <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/n1111p72003c.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="147" height="85" /><p> On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Levy County Historical Society will present the first of three presentations which tell about the invasion of the Civil War into Florida. Everyone with an interest in the history and heritage of Florida is invited to join us at this free event to learn more about this time in our history.</p> Tickets on sale for Children's Summer Art fundraiser http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/tickets-sale-childrens-summer-art-fundraiser <p> Tickets are on sale at the Keyhole for the Friday, Jan. 20th, Cedar Key Arts Center Benefit Dinner that funds the Summer Art Program. The evening starts off with a cocktail hour, live music by Lisa Mitchell and the chance to view Silent Auction and Raffle items. The Island Room will cater the dinner.</p> Lost message from past washes ashore couple’s Yankeetown island retreat http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/lost-message-past-washes-ashore-couple%E2%80%99s-yankeetown-island-retreat <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/john_and_rosa_edwards_with_message_and_message_1.jpeg" alt="Chiefland couple John and Rosa Edwards found a 47-year-old message in a bottle in late January at one of their private islands at the mouth of the Withlacoochee River while cleaning up the wreckage from Hurricane Hermine. " title="Chiefland couple John and Rosa Edwards found a 47-year-old message in a bottle in late January at one of their private islands at the mouth of the Withlacoochee River while cleaning up the wreckage from Hurricane Hermine. " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> In his 40 years of scuba diving, John Edwards has ran across some unbelievable finds.</p> <p> But he&rsquo;s never found anything as strange as what he and his wife Rosa discovered in late January, washed up on one of their private islands on the mouth of the Withlacoochee River near Yankeetown.</p> <p> The pair were cleaning up the damage wrought by Hurricane Hermine when, among all of the unremarkable items and driftwood littered along the shore of their coastal retreat, an old bottle caught Mr. Edwards&rsquo; eye.</p> Great Day coming to Cedar Key http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/great-day-coming-cedar-key <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0752.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> The gospel group Great Day will be playing a concert at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Key Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.</p> <p> All are welcome to this free concert ranging from quartet style to contemporary gospel.</p> Seahorse Key artist-in-residence chosen http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/seahorse-key-artist-residence-chosen <p> <strong>By Samantha Grenrock</strong></p> <p> <strong>UF/IFAS</strong></p> <p> The Cedar Key Artist-in-Residence Program has selected painter Daniel Gottsegen as artist in residence for 2017. Known for his meditative renderings of the natural world, Gottsegen will live and work at the University of Florida Seahorse Key facilities Feb. 12 to 18.</p> Christmas in the Park http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/christmas-park <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4109_0.jpg" alt="Santa Clam arrives immediately after the lighted boat parade to hear children&#039;s wishes and do photos with children. " title="Santa Clam arrives immediately after the lighted boat parade to hear children&#039;s wishes and do photos with children. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> A community dinner celebrating Christmas will be held in the Cedar Key City Park on Saturday, Dec. 17.</p> <p> The dinner begins at 5 p.m. with chili provided. Bring a covered dish and food donations for the Children&rsquo;s Table.</p> <p> The Boat Parade will begin at sunset (6 p.m.) in front of the Dock Street Fishing Pier. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats and teams with the most cheer. If you are interested in participating, contact Rose Cantwell at 352-543-6346 for details or be at the Cedar Key Boat Ramp by 5:30 p.m.</p> Seahorse Key lighthouse open Saturday http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/seahorse-key-lighthouse-open-saturday <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0094_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> The Seahorse Key Light Station will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, with local historians, Lindon Lindsey and Toni Collins, on hand to provide visitors with the history of Seahorse Key and the Cedar Keys Light Station.&nbsp;</p> <p> Come out and learn more about the interesting history of this little known jewel on Florida&rsquo;s Gulf Coast. Hop on a water taxi from Cedar Key to the Lighthouse and learn about the history of the island.</p>