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Whazzupp, GR8RJax™! – March 2014

With more clement and predictable weather comes the start of the spring festival season.

With more clement and predictable weather comes the start-up the spring festival season.
With more clement and predictable weather comes the start-up the spring festival season.
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March is host to some beauties:

  • Saint Patrick's Day – March 17, St. Augustine hosts a massive Celtic music and heritage festival Mar. 8-9. Not surprisingly, March is National Irish-American Heritage Month, and has been since 1995.
  • Amelia Island Concors d’Elegance – Mar. 7-9, Northeast Florida’s major car freak-out with famous race drivers, vintage autos galore and more.
  • St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival – Mar. 21-23, Seafood ahoy from the St. Augustine Lions at Francis Field.
  • Florida Wildflower Festival – Mar. 29 in Deland, Celebrate Florida natives like a native, add to your garden, re-create.
  • Callahan Railroad Days – Mar. 28-29, West Nassau county reaches out to train buffs at the end of the month with a festival loaded with history, facts and fun.

March is also National Women’s History Month.

Awarenesses & feast days

As usual, you can plan you menus around the weird food holidays in March, as well as organize your own feast-ivals and other March madness. Here’s a short list of the upcoming:

  • National Caffeine Awareness Month
  • National Flour Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Frozen Food Day – March 6
  • National Crabmeat Day – March 9
  • National Potato Chip Day – March 14: The eyes have it!
  • National Ravioli Day – March 20
  • National Chip & Dip Day – March 23
  • National Melba Toast Day – March 23
  • National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day – March 24: Salute to Raisinets®
  • National Spanish Paella Day – March 27
  • National Clams on the Half Shell Day – March 31

Get over it!

You’ll get your chance on Mar. 9. Stay tuned.

Other weird March holidays:

  • If Pets Had Thumbs Day – March 3
  • Middle Name Pride Day – March 10
  • Johnny Appleseed Day – March 11
  • National Pi Day – March 14: Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.
  • Goddess of Fertility Day – March 18
  • Something on a Stick Day – March 28
  • Bunsen Burner Day – March 31: C’mon, baby, light my fire!

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