• When it came time to wean calves from their mothers it was a drawn-out affair. First, you separated the bull calves from the heifers. We castrated the bulls, marked and branded both bunches and then put them together in a separate pasture behind the cow pen.

  • The Hidden Coast Paddling Festival has gotten to be such a celebrated event on the Gulf Coast –  paddlers have already been registering for the October festival.  After the town of Suwannee made a smashing success of the 2012 Hidden Coast Paddling Festival everyone wants in.  

  • A group of seriously-interested science students from the Black Rock Forest Consortium of Cornwall, N.Y. spent a week at the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory recently.

  • Eileen Senecal of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club presents a check for $2,000 to Patti Fabiani, executive director of the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation. During 2012 and 2013 the ladies of the club have raffled off two quilts as a fundraiser for the soon to be built Fisher House. The first quilt to be raffled was made by several of the local

  • The Cedar Keys Light Station is nearly 159 years old.  To celebrate its part in our history, the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will host a lighthouse open house on August 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Bring your own boat or take a tour boat out into the Gulf to join in the fun.  

  • By Carolyn Ten Broeck

  • Ted CoConis likes to keep things quiet, diligently working away in his island studio. Getting “away from the buzz of the fast lane” is one of the reasons he and his wife, Kristen, made Cedar Key their winter home 25 years ago. 

  •  Submitted by Bob Hudson

    Special to the Beacon

  • Each branch of the Levy County Public Library System will have a series of fun, free summer library programs this year. All the programs start at 10 a.m. and will last about an hour. Each program will include a presentation, a craft, a snack and take home goodies. All materials are provided by the library and the programs are open to children of all ages.

  • Month of May

  • To earn funds for their trip to Washington, DC, the 5th grade class will be holding a fun event the whole community can enjoy. A delicious spaghetti dinner will be served, followed by a viewing of a great movie. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the CKS auditorium and will include a silent auction and lots of great door prizes donated by generous area businesses.

  • The 2014 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Festival is calling all artists for submissions to the Design Contest for the 2014 image for the festival.

  • Suwannee Valley Players is performing the play Barefoot in the Park on May 10-12 and 17-19.

  • This closeup of a Vietnamese hollyhock was taken in the yard of this month’s Cedar Key Garden Club’s Garden of the Month.

  • The 2013 Relay For Life of The Nature Coast will take place at Chiefland Elementary School beginning at noon on Saturday, April 27, with the Survivor Lap, the kickoff lap for the Relay at 12:15 p.m. and the Survivor/Caregiver Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. 

  • The Cedar Key Woman's Club fund raiser for the Fisher House of Gainesville came to a finale on Sunday during the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.


    Cracker Florida

    While I was day working in Marion County I heard of a new outfit that was just getting started in the cow business and that usually meant a lot of work. I had also heard the owner was a Cuban who had been treasurer under Cuban dictator Fulgencio Bautista and had got out of Cuba ahead of Fidel Castro and brought $7 million with him. 

  • Our Cedar Key Library is a treasure and its Librarian Molly Jubitz is a gem. (Um, she’s the pirate on the right with the Easter Bunny and some other pirates.)

    Celebrate Molly Appreciation Day with the Friends of the Library at an Open House on Wednesday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Saturday, April 6, was the Cedar Key Arts Center opening of ‘Woman’s Work’, a creation of the talented local potter Amy Gernhardt.

  • The last week in February was an exciting time on Seahorse Key. The Cedar Key Arts Center’s first Artist-in-Residence, Robert Firth, was a guest of the island, courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Seavey, Assistant Director of the Seahorse Laboratory.  Firth’s visit corresponded with the return of the Horseshoe Crabs to their nesting beaches, a sight he found fascinating. This is the first-ever collaboration between the University of Florida and the Cedar Key Arts Center, with hopes to offer future opportunities in what Dr. Seavey calls “art meets science.”