For the last three weeks, the Chiefland Women's Golf Association has been conducting its annual handicap tournament. This was a match-play format with double elimination. Jan Hendrix came in First followed by Barbara Zumwalt in Second. Jan played six matches during the tournament and won all of her matches. Seen here are Second Place winner Barbara Zumwalt (left) and Jan Hendrix, First Place winner.
Published Nov. 26, 2014
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By Myrtice Scabarozi © Nov. 26, 2014

     LEVY COUNTY -- The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Nov. 20) at the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. (near Levyville, kind of on the way to Judson from U.S. Alt. 27).
     The cold weather kept several of the members home so the others spent the day getting ready for the Annual Quilt Show. A new quilt frame was donated and is now holding the table runners and table cloths in the sewing room. The sewing room is now our Christmas room.
     Our sugarcane has been harvested and has been taken to the Shriners in Fanning Springs. They will use the stalks to replant their fields for next year’s harvest. The yard looks bare with the stalks gone and a lot of the flowers dying back due to the cold weather. The cactus plants were covered and had been moved up to the porch for the winter.
     Don’t forget that our Annual Quilt Show starts Friday and will run through Christmas. We have a lot of one of a kind items made by local crafters. We have much more than just quilts and a lot less crowded. Sitting and visiting is encouraged. The rocking chairs are waiting.
Our new quilt frame helping us display table runners and table cloths.

Seafood Festival
enlivens Yankeetown
Duck Race Winners -- *** bottom of story


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By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 23, 2014
     YANKEETOWN -- Sunday was the second of two days for the 33rd Annual Yankeetown Arts & Crafts Seafood Festival. It was another great day to be in Yankeetown.
Ingli112214G     Always held the weekend before Thanksgiving, this traditional event in the southwestern-most municipality of Levy County and it always attracts visitors from the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties, but also from Marion, Citrus and Alachua counties and beyond.

Susan Steinhorst, treasurer of the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, wears a hardhat with a yellow rubber duck on it as she carries a fake snake on Saturday in the light rain. She was among the people helping to promote recommended donations in exchange for tickets on the race where the ducks float down the Withlacoochee River.

     As it opened Saturday (Nov. 22), a little bit of a drizzle dampened the festival's start, however vendors with tents, trailers and other rainproof structures braved the weather as umbrella-carrying visitors and guests sauntered along the long stretch of opportunities to view and purchase every form of fine art.
     Everyone east of Yankeetown first passed through a gauntlet of garage sale-like offerings in Inglis, including the Inglis Mason Lodge #324, which is a regular and recognized masonic lodge, having a charter through the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Florida, which is recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England.
     The fried fish luncheon there included fish – either mullet or Pollock -- baked beans, coleslaw, French fries, a dessert and a drink for $10. There were also smoked mullet filets available to take home for $6.
     The string of yard sales in the median on both sides of Levy County Road 40, which is named Follow That Dream Parkway - west of U.S. Highway 19 - after the 1962 Elvis Presley movie that was filmed there, helped motorists remember to slow down as they passed through Inglis.
     The early morning drizzle only slightly dampened the spirit of roadside sellers on Saturday.

A yard sale and fish fry dinner sale at Inglis Mason Lodge #324 attracted buyers and diners before the Yankeetown Seafood and Art Festival, which was to the west of this attraction.

     The two-day festival, which happened Saturday and Sunday, generated revenue for the Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club, but there were also several other charitable groups that had booths open, including Haven Hospice and the Ozello Civic Association.

Gene Wealing and Rita Wealing volunteer to man the Haven Hospice table at the festival.

     The group from Ozello conducted a kayak raffle to raise money to donate to Snippets and Pets On Wheels, which is like Meals On Wheels.

Marc DeMichele, 26, (left) and his brother Matt DeMichele, 24, of Sarasota stand in front of the sand art they create. This art is made with beach sand and light cement. The men are carrying on a family tradition that started with their grandmother Susan Castalania in 1985 and was carried on by the two mens parents Allen and Kelly DeMichele before the two brothers took over.

     The University of Florida IFAS Master Gardeners of Levy County, Levy County Visitors Bureau Director Carol McQueen, members of the Levy County Department of Public Safety and several other groups were on hand to help people learn about benefits from these agencies as well.

Lions Club President Doug Dame, 59, (left) and artist Doug Mason, 58, of Floral City pause near some flamingo pieces created by Mason. Marcie Mason (not pictured) helps her artistic husband by adding the detail on some of his works. This year, Dame said, the Lions have added more games and attractions for children to make it even more family-friendly than before.

    The event, which ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, attracted several artists who competed on Saturday. Judges for the art were Marsha Drew, Ed Dawkins and Astara Edmonds.

(from left) Donna Norton, and the three art judges -- Marcia Drew, Astara Edmonds, and Ed Dawkins -- and Steve Norton pause for a moment during the festival. The three judges had the unenviable task of deciding which art rated first, second, third and honorable mention. Donna Norton is chairing the fishing tournament committee this year and Steve Norton chaired the seafood festival committee this year.

     The winners of the 2014 Betty Berger Memorial Art Award are: First Place - Frank Hurt (pen and ink drawing); Second Place (above) - Paul @Rocking Oaks (native North Florida wooden rocking chairs); Third Place - Ian Williams (Wildlife Wood Sculptor); and Honorable Mention - Gail Cormier (nature inspired jewelry and scarves). The late Betty Berger was a former Inglis city commissioner. She was very prominent in the state Republican Party, as well as a former Ingli-Yankeetown Lions Club member.

Yankeetown School Parent Teacher Organization President Melissa Clarke (right) and Vice President Desirae Pank stand with some of the YTS students who were helping with goldfish, balloon and quarter games. The YTS PTO program is going strong now.

     The festival featured food, entertainment, arts, crafts and other interesting merchandise.
     Held on the tree-lined boulevard of Riverside Drive in Yankeetown, the event came to be this year under the guiding hand of Inglis-Yankeetown Lion Steve Norton, who chaired the Seafood Festival Committee. This Lions Club is under the leadership of President Doug Dame.

Tasty Bakery of Crystal River is among the great vendors who showed up to bring delicious delights for consumers.

     Lion Donna Norton, Steve’s wife, is the chairperson for the Fishing Tournament Committee. That tournament will be April 18.
     Another local group that is active again this year at the festival is the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve. This set of volunteers who help the WGP conducted the Annual Little Yellow Rubber Ducky Race on the Withlacoochee River adjacent to the Coast Guard Station at Yankeetown’s Boat Basin Park.
     The winning duck on Sunday received $200 for its lucky sponsor. For the laziest duck, the sponsor was awarded $50. The Little Yellow Rubber Ducky Race is the primary fundraiser of the FWGP to support the Ellie Schiller Educational Center located at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road in Yankeetown. All proceeds from the race will go toward the education center.
     *** The winners of the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve Rubber Duck Race are Don Downs of Punta Gorda, who sponsored the winning duck and took home $200; and Gary Crawley of Yankeetown sponsored the last duck over the line and won $50, which he donated back to the Friends of the WGP. It was a successful fundraiser and the Friends of the WGP noted that they thank everyone who contributed to this mission to support the WGP and the Ellie Schiller Education Center.

The huge assortment of seafood at the event is a big draw for the people. Seafood, arts and crafts are all part of this festival.
Neighboring Lions brought their mobile unit from Ocala to help people at the Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club event. Manning the vehicle were Crystal River’s Kings Bay Lions Club President Jackie DeGraff, and Ocala Lions Club Secretary (and Past District Governor) Audrey Hall, and also from the Ocala Lions Club – James Hall, Richard Lytle and Vincent Connolly. This set of Lions tested people for issues with vision (including glaucoma), hearing and diabetes.


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