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FGC Theatre - 'We Will Rock You’
Music of Queen featured June 24-27
FGC Performs Play based on the band Queen

The cast of ‘We Will Rock You’ rehearses in the Levy Performing Arts Center in Lake City.

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By Stephen Culotti, Public Information Specialist
Florida Gateway College
Published June 16, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     LAKE CITY –
Florida Gateway College Theatre is scheduled to present five performances of “We Will Rock You” from June 24 through June 27 in the Levy Performing Arts Center on the campus of FGC.


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FGC Performs Play based on the band Queen
Among the Florida Gateway College Theatre performers are (from left) Jordyn Thoreson, Charlie Jolliffe, Hunter Cheney, Ian Carr and John Barrett.

FGC performers in play based on song by the band Queen
Hunter Cheney performs as Galileo in FGC Theatre’s production of ‘We Will Rock You.’

     The production features more than 50 members of the cast, crew, and musicians, including 37 actors, seven technical crew, and a seven-piece rock band featuring the Matt Johns Band.
     This show features more than 20 hit Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody to Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and many more.
     “We Will Rock You” follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock ’n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world.
     “We Will Rock You” is a musical for the time: a fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality.
     Performances are scheduled: June 24 and June 25 at 7 p.m.; June 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and June 27 at 2 p.m. in the Levy Performing Arts Center in Lake City.
     General admission tickets cost $7, The show is FREE for FGC students/faculty/staff with FGC ID.
     Masks are recommended to help reduce the potential of catching or spreading COVID-19.
     Tickets are available online at by clicking HERE.
     For answers to any questions regarding the performance, please contact Professor Todd Siff at todd.siff@fgc.edu.


Artists invited to participate
in 2022 Old Florida Celebration
of the Arts Design Contest
Deadline for entries is Aug. 1

Cedar Key Art Contest
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By Event Coordinators (Arts Center Committee - Bev Ringenberg, Marie Lewis, Gini Barss, Mary Prescott, Dee Miller, Sandy Lindhout, Sue Rosenthal, Eileen Senecal and Ann Morgan)
Published June 15, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
Each year this Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA) chooses a theme for its Annual Design Contest and this year the theme is Island Time.
     The OFCA working committee hopes that this theme will inspire a creative design that will be used to promote the Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key planned for April 9 and 10, 2022.
     The winning artwork will be used on posters, postcards, t-shirts and other promotional items for the festival. The winning artist also has his/her application and booth fees waived for the festival.
     Entries for the Festival Design Contest are due by Aug. 1. A maximum of 2 digital images per artist can be submitted via email to CedarKeyArtsFestival@gmail.com


Scallop season opens
2021 Bay Scallop Sesaon
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By The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Published June 10, 2021 at 5:11 p.m.
The 2021 recreational bay scallop season from the Fenholloway River through the Suwannee River opens June 15 and will remain open through Labor Day (Sept. 6).
     This includes all state waters in Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County and includes the towns of Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee.
     The daily bag limit from June 15-30 in this area is one gallon of whole bay scallops in the shell or one cup shucked per person with a maximum of five gallons whole or two pints (four cups) shucked bay scallop meat per vessel.
     From July 1 through Labor Day in this area, and for the duration of the open season in other areas, regular bag and vessel limits apply. Regular season limits are two gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1/2 gallon (four pints) shucked bay scallop meat per vessel. Throughout the season and region-wide, vessel limits do not allow an individual to exceed their personal bag limit.

Other 2021 season dates
     Additional bay scallop season dates are as follows:
     St. Joseph Bay/Gulf County: Aug. 16 through Sept. 24. This region includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.
     Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks): July 1 through Sept. 24. This region includes all state waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County to the mouth of the Fenholloway River in Taylor County.
     Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties (including Cedar Key, Crystal River and Homosassa): July 1 through Sept. 24. This region includes all state waters from the mouth of the Suwannee River in Levy County to the Hernando – Pasco county line.
     Pasco County: Open for 10 days starting the third Friday in July (July 16-25, 2021). This region includes all state waters south of the Hernando – Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse, including all waters of the Anclote River.

Other regulations
     Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net.
     There is no commercial harvest allowed for bay scallops in Florida.
     Direct and continuous transit of legally harvested bay scallops is allowed through closed areas. Boaters may not stop their vessels in waters that are closed to harvest and must proceed directly to the dock or ramp to land scallops in a closed area.


CKWC earns awards
in art at annual state convention
Donna Thalaker wins
President’s Choice Award

Cedar Key Woman's Club winner Donna Thalaker
Seen here is Donna Thalacker’s Egret Acrylic Painting – winner of the President’s Choice Award for the State of Florida.

Column and Photo
By Kathy Salkaln of the CKWC
Published June 9, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
     ORLANDO --
At the annual convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ (GFWC) Florida federation in Orlando in May, Cedar Key Woman’s Club members made us proud.
     Cedar Key is blessed to have such creative and talented women among us. We are especially pleased that Donna Thalacker’s Egret Acrylic Painting received the President’s Choice Award for the State of Florida!
     Other members of the CKWC who earned high recognition include:

First Place
Esta Johnston-Sunset Pastel
Donna Bushnell-Purple Basket

Second Place
Donna Bushnell—Seahorse Quilt
Christine Black-Bird Quilt
Tish High-Purple Twilling Table Runner
Vicki Crumpley-Water Fight Photo Feature

Third Place
Donna Thalacker-Panama Canal Scrapbook
Donna Thalacker-Mannie in a Bowl Drawing
Esta Johnston-Good Day in Cedar Key Miniature Drawing

     The General Federation of Women's Clubs, founded in 1890 during the Progressive Movement, is a federation of over 3,000 women's clubs in the United States which promote civic improvements through volunteer service.
     Organized on Feb. 21, 1895, at Green Cove Springs, admitted to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs on Jan. 25, 1898, and incorporated on April 12, 1915, the GFWC Florida is comprised of 193 women’s clubs from across the state whose members are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others in their local communities.

GFWC Florida Federation Motto
In great things, Unity;
In small things, Liberty;
In all things, Charity.


Chiefland Watermelon Royalty Shared
Information and Photos Provided
By Ashley Bruce, Chair of the
2021 Chiefland Woman’s Club Watermelon Pageants
Published June 7, 2021 at 12:11 a.m.
Chiefland Watermelon Queen Rieley Beauchamp kept her crown, because the global COVID-19 pandemic cut so deeply into social functions in 2020, and even now there remains some impact.
     There was no crowning of a new Chiefland Watermelon Queen this year.
     Nevertheless, some other winners were selected in a set of pageants that had to remain closed to the general public in the best interest of public health.
     Following are pictures and names of the winners of the Chiefland Watermelon Festival Pageants, hosted by the Chiefland Woman’s Club on May 29.

Chiefland Watermelon Pageant

Chiefland Watermelon Pageant

Chiefland Watermelon Pageant

Chiefland Watermelon Pageant

Chiefland Watermelon Pageant

Chiefland Watermelon Pageant

Chiefland Watermelon Pageant



10th Annual Tour de Melon works
2021 Tour de Melon

2021 Tour de Melon
The bicycle riders prepare to start at a little bit after 7:30 a.m.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © June 5, 2021 at 9:11 p.m.
Suwannee Valley Rotarian Andrea Wasson led the effort and succeeded in making the 10th Annual Tour de Melon come to fruition on Saturday (June 5).

Bikers launch from Strickland Park in the 2021 Tour de Melon video by Jeff M. Hardison
In this video (CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE THE VIDEO), the riders are seen starting their sojourn through the area on bikes. Riders aged 21 and older were given a free beer at the end of their rides, and the participants enjoyed other rewards from their adventure too. A less tangible reward than a tee-shirt, food and drink, though, is the participants act of helping this club’s members put service above self as this Rotary Club applies the revenue gained from this fundraiser toward worthy causes. Rotarians worldwide have been active in helping pay for vaccinations against polio, which is seen as a worthy cause by most humans.

2021 Tour de Melon
Kim Rowe, 68, of Dade City stands with his selfie-stick in hand. Rowe said he planned to ride the 100-mile course in this bike ride on Saturday. He has gone on 120 Century Rides (100 miles) so far, he said. Rowe has been able to do three 100-mile rides in one week, he said.

2021 Tour de Melon
Suwannee Valley Rotary Club President Lewrissa Mainwaring strikes a pose before the race starts, as participants are signing in at the concession stand of Charles Strickland Recreational Park in Chiefland.

     Wasson was joined in her mission by several members of the Suwannee Valley Rotary on Saturday. Other helpers in this mission were members of the Chiefland Police Department and other municipal and county law enforcement agencies across the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County.
     Initially leading the effort a decade ago to start the bicycle ride as a fundraiser for the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club was President Paige Brookins, the first president of that club, which she helped form. This Rotary Year, Brookins is the president of the Chiefland Rotary Club and Jeffrey Beauchamp is the incoming president for the Chiefland Rotary Club.
     President Lewrissa Mainwaring is the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club president this year. The Rotary Year ends June 30, and the new year beings July 1 – just like the Florida state budget year.
     Meanwhile on Saturday, lots of bikers launched from Charles Strickland Recreational Park of Chiefland. Some rode for 100 miles and others took the less lengthy rides.


Appleton Museum offers free admission
for active military, veterans
and their families through Sept. 6

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published May 21, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, joins museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums program.
     This program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums across America. Now through Labor Day (Sept. 6), free admission is available to currently serving military personnel and their families. The Appleton is honored to extend this offer to veterans and their families.
     “The Appleton is proud to once again be a Blue Star Museums partner. We reaffirm Marion County’s long history of respectfully honoring all active military members and veterans,” said Jason Steuber, Appleton Museum director. “Alongside our Appleton and CF staff members who are veterans, we are happy to have this program run concurrently with our Community Heroes Free Admission Program, providing free admission to the state of Florida’s first responders, health care professionals, and educators.”
     This free admission program includes those currently serving in the United States Military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, as well as veterans, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. Veterans may present an ID or discharge paperwork.
     The Appleton is one of many participating museums that include children's museums, art museums, history and science museums, zoos, nature centers, and more. To find participating museums, locally or during your summer travels, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
     The Appleton Museum, Artspace and Store are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.


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Column and Photo
By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published June 14, 2021 at 7:11 p.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters were scheduled to meet in the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. on Thursday (June 10).
     On that Thursday, the Log Cabin members were to enjoy a potluck lunch. This was the day, however, when almost everyone had something scheduled – doctor appointments were high on the list and several quilters were on vacation. Now that places are opening up all over, it’s time to visit with family out of state. We’ll be back together in July, and we are very pleased we are able to visit with our families.
     We got in some unique donations this week. Volunteers mowed our grass and attacked the two rose bushes that were trying to overtake the front porch. The rose bushes are an old strain and do great with little care. We had watermelons dropped off. Thanks to all of you for your help. The melons were great.
     We’re very slowly getting things back in place after the flooring was done. We’re putting out some of the UFOs (unfinished objects) along with more fabric. Some of the UFOs just need a little work while others were not started; so, that will be a project for someone.
     Here is some more good news. The Backyard Pickers will be back the first Saturday of the month. The band is happy to be together again, and they love seeing the smiles on our faces. It’s great to see smiles again.

Log Cabin Quilters Chiefland Florida
Maple Leaf UFO. There is a pattern. Maybe this is a wall-hanging.

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A colorful Banana Palm wall-hanging. Looks like it was started then put aside for another day.



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