Thanksgiving is the big story in November.
Your Greater Jacksonville Examiner is already on the hunt for fun, family-friendly events that celebrate the United States second national holiday.
- Thanksgiving – Thurs. Nov. 28
Check here for updates on Veteran’s Day activites.
- Veteran’s Day – Mon. Nov. 11
Other big-time entertainment in November
- 48th Annual St. Augustine Fine Art & Craft Festival – Sat., Nov. 30, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun., Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- 5th Annual 72-Mile Garage Sale – Sat. , Nov., 16
- Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival – Live Oak, Fla. Nov. 14-17
- Greater Jacksonville Fair & Expo – Opens Nov. 6
Besides Thanksgiving, there are other major food holidays during November to prepare us for football playoffs and basketball season.
For instance –
- National Pepper Month
- National Nachos Day – Nov. 6
- National Split Pea Soup Week – Nov. 8-13
- National Guacamole Day – Nov. 14
Days to build festivals around
The holiday season is reason enough to throw parties every day.
But just in case you need a theme, here are a few weird holidays for November.
- Look for Circles Day – Nov. 2
- Marooned without a Compass Day – Nov. 6
- Cook Something Bold Day – Nov. 8
- Chaos Never Dies Day – Nov. 9
- Clean Your Refrigerator Day – Nov. 15
- Eat a Cranberry Day – Nov. 23
- Make Your Own Head Day – Nov. 28
The city of Jacksonville proper is one of the few cities in the United States where the city limits and the county line are the same.
Kick off summer the right way. Take a minute to get to know Greater Jacksonville, Fla.
This makes it the largest city in the state by both population and area.
The Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, about 1.3 million people, surrounds smaller cities and towns that over time have come to be considered “Jacksonville proper.”
Since the First Coast extends all the way to Palm Coast, it’s more accurate to acknowledge, for instance, that Gainesville, Green Cove Springs and Palatka really are part of Greater Jacksonville.
Get a map, and let me prove it.
Draw a line from “Jacksonville” to Gainesville. Then draw another east toward the Atlantic through Palatka and Bunnell to Palm Coast. The First Coast makes the third leg of the triangle you just drew.
Say hello to “Greater Jacksonville”
First, you need to learn some Timucuan, the language spoken by the Indians who have lived in GreaterJax™ for going on 12,000 years.
“Palatka” is European for pilo-taikita, “a place where cattle cross a river.”
Wacca Pilatka was and is the Timucuan name for Jacksonville, which you’ll also see referred to as “Cowford.”
In fact, Pilo-Taikita (Palatka) and Cowford even reported to the same Timucuan chief.
End of Timucuan lesson.
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