Blues fans, the first big fall weekend has arrived.
The 3rd Annual Amelia Island Blues Festival kicks off on Friday.
Need some natural beauty to complement your music?
Try the Florida Monarch Festival in Alachua, Fla., or the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Paint Out in Gainesville – 22 local artists have one day to create a painting of a scene in the gardens.
Or take a hike through Florida history on the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Hike celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Yearling.’
As usual there are good works to be done at several charitable events.
Have a blast.
- 2nd Annual Love of the Earth Alternative Health Fair – Fri. & Sat., Sept. 13 & 14. Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Lock Rane Blvd., Orange Park, Fla. For more information, please call June Gentle at 904-644-8100.
- 3rd Annual Amelia Island Blues Festival – Fri., Sept. 13 & Sat., Sept. 14. On the waterfront in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Fla. Admission: FREE Friday concert, Saturday $20 per person general admission, $50 per person VIP ticket. Two days of outstanding music, great food, beer, wine and more. Friday’s free concert features the Fernandina Beach High School Blues in School Band with Roger “Hurricane” Wilson followed by blues master Albert Castiglia at 6 p.m. Although this is a free event, please bring a canned good to donate to the Amelia Island Barnabas Food Bank. For more information, please visit www.ameliaislandbluesfest.com.
- 3rd Annual Florida Monarch Festival – Sat., Sept. 14 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Greathouse Butterfly Farm, 20329 NE State Rd. 26, Alachua, Fla. Admission: $5. Come join the festivities as we celebrate the migratory wonder that is the Monarch butterfly. Purchase a chrysalis and hatch your own Monarch butterfly. Tag and release a Monarch butterfly. Tour the farm, and even-hand feed the butterflies. A wide variety of butterfly plants available. Live music, face painting, bounce house, games, contests and a children’s program will make it a fun affair for the whole family. For more information, please call 352-475-2088.
- 7th Annual Papa Jim Regatta First Sail & Oyster Roast Make-Up Date – Sun, Sept. 15, 3 p.m. Anastasia State Park, Windsurfer Pavillion, Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: Donation and a pot luck side dish, all proceeds go to Scholarships to the SPARS sailing camp next summer. Sponsored by SPARS - Sailors Paddlers and Rowers of St. Augustine in honor of life long St. Augustine sailor Jim Hartley. Dad loved to invite people to go sailing. You bring a check written to SPARS and a pot luck side dish. We provide boats, instructors if you do not know how to sail, oysters, shrimp, and hot dogs. RSVP by calling Dr. J Hartley at 904-669-6171 or send email to email@example.com. www.sparssailing.org
- Beard on the Beach Fundraiser Dinner – Thurs., Sept. 12, 6-10 p.m. One Ocena Resort & Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, Fla. Admission: $110 members, $135 non-members. To benefit Friends of James Beard. Includes five-course dinner and wine pairings from Foley Family Wineries. Features chefs Ted Peters, Hector Gonzalez, Jonathan Jerusalmy, Thomas Tolxdorf and Courtney Slipko.
- Ice Cream Social – Sat., Sept. 14, Noon-4 p.m. Jacksonville Fire Fighters Association Hall, 618 Stockton St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $10. Presented by Florida Fallen Heroes to benefit Making Strides against Breast Cancer. Includes ice cream and a movie. For more information, please visit floridafallenheroes.org.
- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Paint Out – Fri.,, Sept. 13 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 14 & 15. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, Fla. Admission: Adults $7, Kids 6-13 $3.50, Kids under 6 FREE, FREE reception Sept. 19, Gardens closed. Twenty-two local landscape artists creating live paintings during a 3 day marathon of creativity. A 40% commission on art sales benefits non-profit Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Exhibition in the Summer House Gallery Sept. 19-Jan. 5, 2014. For more information, please call 352-372-4981.
- Main Street Festival – Sat., Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Middle United Methodist Church, 3925 Main St., Middleburg, Fla. Arts & Crafts show, Car show, Quilt show. Kids Zone (all-day armbands $8) with petting zoo, clowns, homemade cakes, pies, cookies & brownies and much more. For more information, please call 904-282-5589 or 904-254-7891.
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Hike – Sat., Sept 14, 9-11 a.m. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, 18700 S. County Rd. 325 , Hawthorne, Fla. Admission: $24. Celebrate the 75th year of Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "The Yearling!" Hike 1.5 mile at Lake Lochloosa to experience and learn about the wilderness Mrs. Rawlings found upon moving out to Cross Creek. Then meet at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Walk through her famous orange groves and enjoy a guided tour of the outside of her cracker style home and farm. For more information, please call 904-704-4087 or 352-466-3672.
- Raise Your Glass for the Fallen – Wed., Sept. 11, 5-8 p.m. Whisky River, St. Johns Town Center, Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. To benefit the children of fallen patriots. Includes giveaways, raffles and food. For more information, 904-371-9467 or visit fallenpatriots.org.
- Ribbon Cutting for Florida Fallen Heroes & Fallen Heroes Monument – Wed., Sept. 11, 5-7 p.m. Hilltop Restaurant, 2030 Wells rd., Orange Park, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Celebrate the fallen, especially the four graduates of Orange Park High School, Middleburg High School and Keystone Heights High School. For more information, please call 904-254-4971 or 904-535-0747.
- Take a Trip Down Memory Lane: The History of Old Murray Hill – Wed., Sept. 11 & weekly through Sept., 7-8 p.m. Murray Hill Branch Library, 918 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. A history of Murray Hill. For more information, please call 904-384-2665.
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