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2009 Freedom Swim in Punta Gorda, (Photo courtesy Sun Herald)

2015 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 29, 2015 – PUNTA GORDA — It started small and spontaneous. Twenty four years ago, Punta Gorda attorney Michael Haymans and some friends decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by swimming the 1.5 mile distance across the Peace River. They weren’t athletes in training; they had heard stories about how in the 1940s, swimming across the river was a rite of passage for teens. They had a good time, they told their friends, and […]

Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida

Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 16, 2015 – Florida was strategically important for the protection of Spanish galleons that plied their way home with precious metals plundered from South America and the Caribbean. Heavily-laden vessels called the plate fleets sailed up the Gulf Stream through the straits that parallel Florida’s Keys, and pirates would prey on the fleets from their hidden sanctuaries in the Keys and along the Florida coast. Hurricanes created additional hazards, sometimes wrecking the ships on the […]

Florida Folk Festival: May 22 – 24, 2015, way up on the Suwannee

Florida Folk Festival: May 22 – 24, 2015, way up on the Suwannee

By Bonnie Gross & Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 17, 2015 – WHITE SPRINGS — The Florida Folk Festival began with the music: It was 1953, and Pete Seeger and the Weavers had had a big hit recently with  Leadbelly’s “Goodnight, Irene.” Folk music was exploding with acoustic guitar, coffee houses, banjos, beatniks and sing-alongs. Sixty-some years later, the Florida Folk Festival is still held every Memorial Day weekend, and you’re sure to hear plenty of folk music.  But […]

Key West “Drag Race” Stars High-Heeled Female Impersonators (Video)

Key West “Drag Race” Stars High-Heeled Female Impersonators (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, April 19, 2015- KEY WEST, Fla. — Drag racers don’t usually wear short pink dresses or high heels — unless they’re contestants at Key West’s Great Conch (pronounced konk) Republic Drag Race. That’s because the rowdy race wasn’t designed for high-octane dragsters, but for high-heeled drag stars — female impersonators strutting their stuff complete with big hair, pancake makeup, false eyelashes and dresses or stylish sporting attire. Contestants in the offbeat challenge raced on foot Saturday afternoon […]

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

Spring seafood fests wrap up ‘the season’

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Apr. 5, 2015 – April and May will be your last chance to enjoy an authentic Florida seafood festival until next season. But the season’s last is by no means the least with major festivals set for Pompano Beach in South Florida and Fernandina Beach near Jacksonville. In between, enjoy the blue crabs (and the bluegrass) and oysters at lesser known but exuberant festivals in Panacea (near Tallahassee), Daytona Beach and Palatka (west of St. Augustine). Pompano […]

Characters created to embody Florida blueberries

Florida Blueberry Festival, April 11-12, 2015: Explore wild Brooksville

By Bonnie Gross and Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Apr. 3, 2015 – Blueberry harvest shares stage with wildlife, natural wonders. ~ As Florida’s strawberry harvest winds down, the packing houses turn their attention to home-grown blueberries. And like the strawberry harvest, the berry growers of West Central Florida hate to miss an opportunity for a party as the harvest celebrations shift from Plant City to nearby Brooksville. You don’t think of Florida as blueberry country, but the state is […]

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival is this weekend

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Mar 10, 2015 – What began as a blessing of the shrimp boats 50 years ago has grown  to a major beach-front celebration of shrimp in this quaint Old Florida beach town. The main attraction at the the 2015 Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, as it has been since 1959, are huge boiling pots of Gulf pink shrimp, which members of the Lions Club cook and serve. This isn’t frozen shrimp or imported shrimp […]

Looking down at the formal gardens

Azaleas Bloom at Ravine Gardens Celebrated Festival

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Feb 27, 2015 – Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka has close to 100,000 flowering trees and shrubs, ready to be admired now and during Azalea Days, March 7 and 8, 2015. With a warm winter, blooming began early, with 50 percent of the azaleas flowering in mid-February. There will be still be blooms for the festival, though, as it is likely they will bloom over the course of several weeks, plus there are so many. […]

Grant Seafood Festival this weekend

Grant Seafood Festival this weekend

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Feb 23, 2015 – This small community on the Indian River has celebrated its heritage as a rural fishing village every year since 1966, using the proceeds from the festival for community projects, a scholarship fund, the Grant Library and the Grant Historical House. The town’s population of 4,000 explodes over the festival weekend, testament to the popularity of the seafood in this region. Oyster bars and clam beds blanket the Indian River Lagoon […]