•  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.”

  • The Faraway Inn's owners, Doreen and Oliver Bauer, greeted 60-70 children and their parents on Easter for a free egg hunt on the grounds.

    The Awesome Wonderful Easter Egg Hunt at Faraway Inn entertained the children with face painting, glittering and tattooing, along with lunch.

    Face Art was by by Lois Traverso-Hewel of Dizzy Izzy's Face and Body Painting.

    The Easter Bunny also made an appearance and did photos with the children. Helping out in the celebration were members from the Pirates in Paradise. 

  •  By Bill Roberts

  • If Joe Knetsch knows one thing about history, it’s that people often don’t learn from it.

  • The Cedar Key Lions Club sponsored its Annual Community Health Fair at the Cedar Key Community Center this past Friday.

  • On Thursday, March 21, the Cedar Key Historical Society Third Thursday Speaker Series continues with guest speaker, Florida Historian Dr. Joe Knetsch.

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Palms Medical Group has elected to be the Title Sponsor for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Festival in Cedar Key.