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  •  Artist of the Month for November: 

  •    Do you have old photos of Cedar Key Festivals or City Commissioners? 

       The Cedar Key Historic Society would like to scan them into their archives for future reference or will accept them as donations for their resource files. 

       Contact the Museum at 352-543-5549 to share any items.

  • You probably don’t want to run into a gang in a dark alley but if you do, you will want  this gang to be your side:  Savannah Howard, Nicholas Kaim, and Levi, Nathaniel and Hannah Brinkman are an imposing group as they pose in their Dojo (training studio) Tuesday night. 

  • State Attorney General Pam Bondi was in Cedar Key recently with her fiancé, Greg Henderson. They stopped by Kona Joe’s Island Café on State Road 24 for something to eat and a chance to be photographed with Joe Sterople and Edie Zaprir on the wrap around porch of their new location. When she is not working in Tallahassee, Bondi commutes to Tampa and the couple flew up to Cedar Key for the day for a few hours of rest and relaxation. 

  •  By MOLLY COWART

  • The Cedar Key Lighthouse on Seahorse Key is situated on the top of a steep hill looking out over the Gulf of Mexico with a view that is nothing short of breathtaking. The lighthouse is only open to the public three days during the year: the Saturday following July 4 and the two days of the annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival. The weather this past Saturday was beautiful; the short boat trip to the island quite pleasant.

  •  “...And bring a flannel shirt.” Those were the words of Anne’s son earlier this week.

  • The Cedar Lions Club is inviting all residents to participate in October Vision Awareness Month by bringing in used eyeglasses for recycling to the Lions Club Sweet Corn and Soda booth at the Oct. 15 and 16 Seafood Festival. Proceeds from sale of corn and sodas will be in support of our vision program which helps those in need obtain eye exams and glasses, while assisting with eye surgeries for qualified applicants.

  • Most people have a list of things they would like to do before they die, but few people actually do items on that list three times. Peg and Russ Hall are two of those rare people. 

  • The Sawgrass Club of Cedar Key presents school supplies and a check to Cedar Key School totaling approximately $350. From left: Sawgrass member Eileen Senecal, CKS Principal Sue Ice, CKS Student Government President Claire Brown, Sawgrass members Pam Oakley and Judy Duvall.

  • September 11, 2001

    That fateful day in September, ten years past, Anne and I were on a trip up the coast. The plan was to spend two weeks at our leisure on a journey, sight seeing, exploring, thinking, writing, doing our art.

    Not much went toward our intentions. As the days unfolded, I recorded them and published some of the thoughts and observations in the Cedar Key Beacon. Much of what follows was printed there:

    A Transition From Positive Expectations

  • Cedar Key may be the “Clam Capital of the World.” However, Homer, Alaska, is the official halibut capital of the world. In fact, like Cedar Key’s clam claim, there’s a sign at the city limits that says so.

  • As a youngster growing up in Canada, Susan Coffin was well aware of the Inuit custom of carving animals. It was something she learned about at the age of nine, when she received a carved stone duck.

  • Eva Marie Everson knew she had come to the right place when she crossed the No. 4 bridge and her cell phone service promptly stopped working. 

  • If you Google the history of the zentangle, you really won't find anything that specific on the subject because it is something that defies a tidy definition. When you look at an example, at first glance, it may just appear to be a bunch of doodles.

    But, it is more than that. Some practitioners believe that it serves as a form of meditation. There is some deliberate thought involved initially but they easily fall into a rhythmic, relaxed state as they draw the different designs.

  • In commemoration of the recent changes in food laws in Florida, specifically regarding “cottage” cooking laws, I thought writing about my recent venture into jam-making was in order.

  • The Cedar Keyhole Gallery Artist of the Month for August is Joanne Pirzer. She uses the skills of woodworker, painter and sculptor in combining various types of wood into an overall wall hanging. It may be a tropical or wildlife scene but the sense of realistic presentation is immediately striking. 

  • Tucked away off Hodges Avenue is arguably the ugliest circa 1960’s building on the island. But don’t let that put you off.  Inside and around the property are a variety of things to do and see that will make you forget the bad architecture.

  •     There is secret garden at the corner of 6th and E Streets and you are welcome to drop in any time. Tonya Sprong has reestablished her business, “Beauty By The Yard” at her home, after a short stint on 2nd Street.
        She is not a fan of four walls and loves the opportunity and inspiration for creativity that her back yard provides under the sheltering branches of a giant oak tree.

  • Cassie Lozier, age 10, and her dog, Chase, take a break in front of her aunt Julie Gore’s shop on State Road 24. She, her two dogs and a friend had been out collecting sea water for a new salt water aquarium she was assembling - with some help. They later went out and caught a variety of ocean critters to stock the tank with and, according to her aunt, it’s coming along just swimmingly.