September 2009 News And Events
Vintage Postcard of the Month
Some of the first motorized tourists to come to Florida were known as "Tin Can Tourists". The reference was to the little metal and wood camping trailers they towed behind their cars as they descended upon the Sunshine State in the winter. This old postcard could be just about any place in Florida back in the day.
Lee Miller is now helping me with some of the website writing and research tasks. He has upgraded pages on DeLand, Daytona Beach, DeFuniak Springs, Delray Beach and Panama City.
I have also added some more information about Florida authors. This has become a popular feature of the website.
We have reached back in history to give you information on Harriet Beecher Stowe and Sidney Lanier. Both authors wrote excellent Florida travelogues after the Civil War.
For more modern history buffs, we have added information about the Univerisity of South Florida's Gary R. Mormino and his great book "Florida: Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams".
A new writeup on Florida author Stetson Kennedy was added. Read how he helped Superman defeat the Ku Klux Klan.
For more information, go to
I continue to use the Twitter update feature to the home page. This way I can tweet about any new discovery like a great restaurant or a tremendous little town, and it will show up immediately on the home page.
August tweets included Uncle Ernie's restaurant in Panama City and Chautauqua Winery in DeFuniak Springs.
If you are interested in learning more about Twitter, see my page at
Florida Heritage Travel At Twitter.
SEPTEMBER FEATURED FLORIDA EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
At any given time there are thousands of Florida events and festivals in Florida's 8 geographical regions.
September is the first month after the extreme heat of August and July where things begin to happen around the state.
Here are some interesting events around Florida for September 2009.
Check the Florida winery nearest you. Many of them have wonderful weekend events that include music and wine tastings.
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University of Florida vs Charleston Southern. The Gators take on Charleston Southern in the season opener on September 5, 2009. I've never heard of them either, but it will be fun anyway. The Gators also play Troy State on September 12 and Tennessee on September 19 in Gainesville.
For more about the Gators September games see the
Gator Football Schedule.
QuiltFest. September 24-26, 2009. This show is held at the Prime Osborn Convention Center at 1000 Water Street in Jax. QuiltFest is an open judged show. Prize money is awarded, and you will see many beautiful and unusual quilts. The slogan of the show is "A Bed Without A Quilt Is Like The Sky Without The Stars".
More information is available at
Quilt Fest At Jacksonville.
The 32nd Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival. September 25-27. The Fiesta of Five Flags presents the 2009 Pensacola Seafood Festival in the historic Seville Square area. You will enjoy the fantastic seafood for which the Gulf Coast is famous. Carefully selected food vendors offer a wide variety of seafood dishes and other festival fare. With more than 175 arts and crafts vendors, the Pensacola Seafood Festival is also one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Northwest Florida.
Live musical performances by local bands are held throughout the festival in Fountain Park adjacent to Seville Square.
More information at
Fiesta Of Five Flags.
3rd Annual Pickin' In The Pines. Bluegrass For Babies Event. September 26-27, 2009. Forest Capital State Park on US-19 in Perry. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. Camping sites are available, arts and craft show, and music music music!
Florida Heritage Book Festival. September 11-12, 2009. This is a wonderful event that takes place in Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine. The "Literary Legends" award banquet takes place on Thursday August 27, 2009 in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Festival follows shortly after. On the September 11 there is a "Writers Workshop" and a lot of famous Florida writers are in attendance. Some of the writers this year include Dr. Michael Gannon, Tim Dorsey, Gary Mormino, Stetson Kennedy, On Sunday September 12 they have a keynote luncheon with and address by soon to be former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez.
More information at
Florida Heritage Book Festival.
Florida State University opening football game. The Seminoles take on the University of Miami in the season opener on September 7, 2009. The Seminoles also play Jacksonville State on September 12 and the University of South Florida on September 26 in Tallahassee. In the good old days Miami was always Florida's first game. Now we have to give the credit to the Seminoles. It's a great rivalry.
For more more about FSU's September season, see the
Seminole Football Schedule.
Florida Catfish Classic Festival. September 25, 2009. This annual event is held at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka. It features live music and a karaoke contest, food and craft booths, and lots and lots of catfish! It also has a petting zoo and pony rides.
Wewahitchka is in Northwest Florida east of Panama City and north of Port St. Joe and Apalachicola at the intersection of State Roads 22 and 71.
For more info go to
Florida Catfish Festival.
Information on the towns and places hosting these events or nearby them, including lodging, can be found at
If these events aren't convenient for you, try this link for
In our current slow economy, some events are canceled on very short notice. I do my best to ensure that our information is correct and current, but I recommend you call before leaving for the event to make sure it's still on.
ETHNIC RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH
I love eating at good restaurants, American or ethnic. This month I will tell you about a Gainesville restaurant I recently tried.
Reggae Shack Cafe, 619 W. University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601. 352-377-5464.
This is a cute little restaurant between the campus of the University of Florida and downtown Gainesville. If you have ever been to Jamaica, you will find the food at this little gem to be as authentic as on the island itself.
They have all of the favorite Jamaican dishes including curried goat and ackee. You will be sure to find something you like from the crowded menu.
Jamaicans love ackee. Even though it's a fruit, Jamaicans consider it to be a staple that can be served with rice or meat like sardine, pork, chicken, herring, mackerel and cod. I haven't tried the ackee at Reggae Shack, so make sure you know what you are getting.
I love their jerk chicken, but it is always spicy so make sure you have plenty of water to wash it down with. You can even get jerk tofu if you are one of those Prius driving Gator vegetarian liberal arts majors I hear about.
They have plenty of plantains, lots of cabbage and good Jamaican beef patties.
Sometimes the service is slow, sometimes not. In either case, the food is always good. The staff is friendly, and will give you good advice if you are new to Jamaican food.
Needless to say, you can wash down your food with a good old Red Stripe beer.
Have a good time Mon...or Wo-Mon.
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Regards, Mike Miller
Chief Backroads Traveler