Happy New Year, and welcome back!
Here’s what’s on tap for January:
First, we’ll have recovered from the holidays enough by the 31st to celebrate Chinese New Year with gusto.
Then mid-month there’s Amelia Island Restaurant Week – tons of fun and great food at one-low price in the toney cafés in Fernandina Beach.
Gearing up for Super Bowl eating, take the opportunity to celebrate national feast days during Slow Cooking Month and Soup Month with hearty recipes up your football food cred.
Then there’s National Peanut Butter Day. More on than as it develops.
Days to build festivals around
In the midst of all that is unique to GR8RJaX™, there are even more days to build more kinky northeast Florida celebrations around.
- Jan. 2 – Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
- Jan. 3 – Festival of Sleep Day
- Jan. 4 – Trivia Day
- Jan. 6 – Bean Day
- Jan. 10 – Houseplant Appreciation Day
- Jan. 10 – Peculiar People Day
- Jan. 12 – Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
- Jan. 18 – Winnie the Pooh Day
- Jan. 19 – National Popcorn Day
- Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
- Jan. 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day
- Jan. 28 – Fun at Work Day
- Jan. 28 – National Kazoo Day
- Jan. 29 – National Puzzle Day
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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