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Whazzuupp, GR8RJax™! – May 2014

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Not only will festivals keep you busy and entertained this month, but we also celebrate the official start of the barbecue with Memorial Day as well as the unofficial start of summer.

Big festivals, big food, big fun.

Plus don’t forget Mother’s Day, May 11.

Stay tuned.

Party opportunities this month

The problem with most parties is that they’re not very original. Break some new ground this month with May’s national awarenesses and holidays:

  • National Bike Month
  • National Photograph Month
  • No Socks Day – May 8
  • International Migratory Bird Day – Second Saturday in May
  • Limerick Day – May 12
  • National Chicken Dance Day – May 14
  • National Sea Monkey Day – May 16
  • Pack Rat Day – May 17
  • Visit Your Relatives Day – May 18
  • National Tap Dance Day – May 25
  • Lucky Penny Day – May 23

May feast days

What with May being both National Barbecue Month and National Hamburger Month, imagine the possibilities for fancy spreads, especially toward the end of the month.

Several of the feast days fit into a big Memorial Day do, and others are opportunities to strike out on your own:

  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Salad Month
  • National Herb Week – May 3-9
  • Eat What You Want Day – May 11
  • National Apple Pie Day – May 13
  • National Macaroon Day – May 31
  • National Cherry Cobbler Day – May 17
  • National Quiche Lorraine Day – May 20

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.



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