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Whazzupp, GR8RJax!™ – April 2014

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April brings us many things from the good earth, like spring flowers and the gentle showers that make them bloom.

And this weekend is a biggy for great spring entertainment here in GreaterJax™:

  • Clay County Agricultural Fair, Green Cove Springs, Fla. – April 3-12
  • Florida Catfish Festival, Crescent City, Fla. – April 4-5

April is a month for all kinds of music, too. Major music festivals this weekend are:

  • 14th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival, Waldo, Fla. – April 3-5
  • Springing the Blues, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. – April 4-6

Then later in the month, we have more unique GR8RJax™ fun with the Bradford County Strawberry Festival and the Sopchoppy Worm Grunting Festival.

Join the party-a-month club

Should you still need one, there's always an excuse for a party.

Take April’s national awarenesses and feast days, for example:

  • National Humor Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Eight-Track Tape Day – April 11
  • National Submarine Day – April 11
  • Scrabble Day – April 13
  • Look up at the Sky Day – April 14
  • Rubber Eraser Day – April 15
  • Blah, Blah, Blah Day – April 17
  • World Penguin Day – April 25

What more inspiration could you need for your next themed party?

April feast days

Imagine the fun you can have planning a menu around National Soft Pretzel Month.

Go greener and get healthy for National Soyfoods Month.

Or organize your parties around these other April feast days:

  • National Egg Salad Week – April 12-18
  • National Licorice Day – April 12
  • National Peach Cobbler Day – April 13
  • National Eggs Benedict Day – April 16
  • National Animal Crackers Day – April 18
  • National Garlic Day – April 19
  • National Jelly Bean Day – April 22
  • National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day – April 24

About Greater Jacksonville

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.

As you may have guessed, Your Greater Jacksonville Examiner is paid to examine the unique and unusual in northeast Florida.

Welcome to her neighborhood.

–GJE–

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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact: kt.4examiner@yahoo.com

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