October 2009 News And Events
Vintage Postcard of the Month
This is what Bahia Mar marina in Fort Lauderdale looked like back in the 1940's. Compared to the modern complex of high rise hotel and megayachts, this was a pretty simple layout. What could be better than spending a restful night on your boat in a safe marina while listening to the surf a few hundred feet away?
Fictional hero Travis McGee lived at Bahia Mar aboard his houseboat, The Busted Flush, in fictional Slip F-18. The location of the slip is commemorated with a plaque.
I made a trip to Sebring last month and enjoyed some of the sights and scenes and food over there. It's a great little town far off the beaten path. I saw the house of once famous author Rex Beach, who lived in an elegant house on the shore of Lake Jackson.
Rex Beach was famous in his time and was the author of The Spoilers which was made into movies at least 5 times between 1914 and 1955. Gary Cooper starred in one, and John Wayne in another.
I added a page on Sebring and on Rex Beach,and am getting a surprisingly large number of visitors to those pages. Sebring is probably further away from an Interstate Highway than any place in Florida. Maybe people are interested in those quiet places.
Learn more about Rex Beach at
A fun stop near Sebring is Lake Placid and their mural decorated downtown area. Lots of fantastic art has transformed what is a typical old small Florida town into an outdoor art gallery. It's a lot of fun to visit.
Lee Miller upgraded pages on Gainesville, Fort Myers and Key Biscayne. Those pages were like a homecoming for me. I've lived and worked in so many of the places featured on our website that I would be smart to just live in an RV. At least I'd have the same four walls to look at each morning.
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.
If you are interested in learning more about Twitter, see my page at
Florida Heritage Travel At Twitter.
OCTOBER FEATURED FLORIDA EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
October is the beginning of my favorite season in Florida. The oppressive summer heat and humidity begins to ease up, and more Florida events and festivals are scheduled in Florida's 8 geographical regions.
Here are some interesting events around Florida for October 2009.
FLORIDA WINERIES. Check the Florida winery nearest you. Many of them have wonderful weekend events that include music and wine tastings. Our site has information on 18 wineries scattered across the state. There must be one close to you.
More information at
Annual Munich In October. October 16, 17 & 18 and October 23, 24 & 25. The last two weekends in October are set aside for Southwest Florida's largest Oktoberfest. It is held at the German-American Social Club on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. This is the 24th year. The festival is located on 25 acres of the German-American Social Club grounds. Lots of traditional German food, costumes, music and beer. More information is available at
Annual Munich In October.
GAINESVILLE AND TALLAHASSEE
University of Florida and Florida State University Football. October 10 & 17. October sees the weather get a bit cooler and the seating more tolerable in The Swamp in Gainesville and Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. The Gators and Seminoles both have home games in October.
The Seminoles host Georgia Tech on October 10, and the Gators take on Arkansas on October 17 in the homecoming game. For more about the Gators and Seminoles October games see the link to their schedules at
North Central Florida.
Main Street Masters of Art. October 3 & 4. The Main Street Masters of Art Festival is an annual fine art festival that is held in the historic downtown area of Melbourne. Participating artists are judged and awarded prizes for Best in Show, Excellence Award, Award of Distinction, and Merit Awards. The festival includes live music, artist’s breakfast and champaign reception, food vendors and a quaint setting for local art lovers to stroll through the artist’s booths. The show has about 200 exhibitors.
Mount Dora Craft Fair. October 24-25. The annual Mount Dora Craft Fair celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The fair takes place in beautiful downtown Mount Dora. Throughout this historic little town the streets are busy with more than 300 talented crafters from all over the country displaying and offering for sale their finest works to the more than 250,000 visitors who are expected to attend this two-day event. Great food and entertainment will complete the perfect day. More information at
Mount Dora Craft Fair.
Fall Palatka Bluegrass FestivalOctober 8-10. This is the second annual Fall Bluegrass Festival held at Rodeheaver Boys Ranch on Highway 19 in Palatka. The festival takes place Thursday through Saturday and includes 6 different bluegrass groups each day including Tony Holt & The Wildwood Valley Boys, The Claire Lynch Band, and Danny Paisley & Southern Grass. A campground is available for concert goers who buy a three day ticket.
12th Annual Greek Festival. October 9-11. Annual Greek Festival sponsored each year by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church. You will enjoy the aromas and flavors of freshly prepared Greek food and Pastries. Lots of costumed dancers performing to the music of a live Greek band. This is a celebration of the Greek culture that is part of St Augustine’s colorful history. More information at
12th Annual Greek Festival.
San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival. October 17-18. This year marks the 43rd annual festival. Enjoy the snake shows, gopher races, musical entertainment, chili cook-off, corn toss tournament and arts & crafts show. This is an educational and fun family event that draws 30,000 visitors over the weekend. All proceeds made at the festival are given to local youth and other charitable organizations. More information at
San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival.
Information on the towns and places hosting these events or nearby them, including lodging, can be found at
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Regards, Mike Miller
Chief Backroads Traveler