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Calendar & Trip Reports - 1997

Calendar & Trip Reports - 1998

Last Updated 22-Apr-98

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1998 Date
1997 Date
St. Johns River Festival Cresecent Citr
Patrick Air Show - They don't have this every year. This year it's the same weekend as the start of Sun-And-Fun
Apr 5-6
Sunday In The Keys , Lower Keys Chamber (305)-872-3580. Big Pine Key, one day event, food, arts & crafts, local musicians Nancy (305)-872-2411. Florida Keys Guide
Last Updated 01-Apr-98
Apr 5
Palatka Catfish Festival Festival , 1st Sat in April, Eva Lyon Park, Crescent City - SE of Palatka. Catfish Skinning, Arts, Crafts, Blugrass Concert, Chicken, Crab & Catfish Dinners! Helen Lockhard (904)-698-2033.
Were looking to see if there is a local airport - dosn't look good!!
Last Updated 26-Oct-97
Apr 4
Sun And Fun - Lakeland, Ref-1 Ref-2 to go to Sun And Fun is to go on Friday or early Saturday, camp out in a tent around the lake. Bring a cooler and lots of beer or whatever. They server a great breakfast for $10, and it will last you all day. In the morning you can look at all the exhibits, thousands of airplanes and go to talks. I like to stand at the side of the runway with a scanner tied to the tower frequency and watch the thousands of planes landing, up to 6 at once on two runways. I've seen three twins land at once on the long runway, watched a Russian jet land and climb up the tail of a king air. In the afternoon, the airshow goes from 1-5 PM, then a lot of these airplanes try to take off. At night it's time to drink some beer or whatever (Rum and coke is my favorite) and socialize - with the thousands of others next to you. Last year I got a ride in a T34 - what a blast..
1997 - Great weather, lots of planes and things to see and do!! Tent camping was great!!
Were going to have some interesting comments of how Sun-N-Fun Inc. treats campers - we may never go to this event again!!!
Apr 19-25
Apr 6-12
Tarpon Springs Arts & Crafts Festival at Craig Park.

FLY into Tampa Bay Exec (X41) ,
, (813)-376-0052 call ahead for transportation to Tarpon Springs! Craig Park, Tarpon Springs, 200 artists, Food and Entertainment. ADMISSION $1.00! Sat 9 AM to 6 PM, Sun 10 AM to 5 PM.

Tarpon Springs is a must place to visit!! Stop in to Platka's (769 Dodecanese Blvd, [813]-934-4752) and get a Hero and some Retsina . Ask for Tami! Several doors down, turn left when you walk out of Palatka's, Hella's is one of the largest sweetest Greek Pastry Shops in the world (785 dodecanese Blvd [813]-943-2400). You'll want to buy one of everything - and sometimes I try - Baklava, Greek Custard, Bougatsa, Walnut Cake, Flogeres, Chocolate Flogeres, shredded Dough with Walnuts, cinnamon Honey cookies, Diples, saragli, Sfoliates, Apple Turnovers, Touloubes, Totte's, Eclair's, Napoleon's and more!!

Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce (813)-937-6109. Since 1974, this show has attracted over 200 artists from Florida and the US who compete for substantial prizes. The activities take place on picturesque Spring Bayou in Craig Park and continuous entertainment is featured.
Last Updated 27-Jan-98

Apr 4-5
Apr 16-17
Will McLean Foundation Festival Sertoma Youth Ranch, Clay Hill Rd, 1.5 miles E of I-75 on County road 41at exit 60.. 7 miles west of dade city. Larry (352)-754-3082, Celebration of Florida's Folk Music
FLY to Brooksville (Hernando County Airport, (BKV),
Last updated 02-Jan-98
Apr 11-12
Delray Affair Downtoan Atlantic Avenue, 3 day festival (407-279-1383)- havent been to this one. It was found on a recent Internet Search. More info next year. You can probably fly to Boca Raton and taxi 4-6 miles to the fest!?.
Apr 12-14
Clewiston Annual Sugar Festival, Saturday, 7:30 - 5k walk/run. Bearty Pagent & Golf Thing 4-Apr-98. Parade & Main Festival 18-Apr-98
Last Updated 09-Apr-98
April 18
Apr 12
7 Mile Bridge Run (17th Annual). Limited numbe of runners!!
Fly in to Marathon Airport (MTH) Contact Denise (305)-743-8513. Florida Keys Guide
Last Updated 01-Apr-98
Apr 18
1st Annual Florida Keys Jazz & Blues Fest, Plantation Yacht Harbor,
Fly in to Marathon Airport (MTH) Get Rental car at airport. Fest is at the Plantation Yacht Harbor about a 30 minute DRIVE north of the airport. Chamber of Commerce, 800-322-5397 Islamorada, Contact Robert (305)-853-5905. Florida Keys Guide
Last Updated 22-Apr-98
Apr 17-19
NAS Key West Open House & Air Show , Blue Angles, Aerobatics, Arts & Crafts, 1998 Spanish - American War, Contact Lt. Jupp (305)-293-2425. Florida Keys Guide
Fly in to Key West (EYW) and ? (call ahead for recommended transportation et al).
Last Updated 01-Apr-98
Apr 18-19

Cedar Key Sidewalk Art Fest

Fly in to (CDK), International Airport (CDK - 2355' x 100' and guess what - this airport is on an island 2355' in diameter - WATER on both ends!!

If the weather seems bad - fog or light rain, as usually happens, file IFR, JAX center can follow you down to 2000'. Use your backup GPS to go over the island of CDK. Many times there will be fog or clouds 1500'-3000' over the mainland, but almost always over the island, there is usually an open hole that you can safely get down through. If you never flown to CDK, its a must. The last 22 miles of the flight is over very pretty blue water. The main island of Cedar Key is about 3/4 miles in diameter with a population of about 900. During the Festival the population grows to 40,000!! There is not a lot of parking space at the uncontrolled airport. If you park in the grass, watch out for small rocks, lots of soft sand etc. A taxi will pick you up and take you downtown - call him on the unicom on the way in! On downwind, leave room for the plane ahead of you to back-taxi on the runway!!

Ask the taxi driver where the best food is. I usually eat downtown in the restaurant at 'Cook's Cafe" on 2nd Street, its back from the street - the grouper sandwich is great. Remember to stop in the candy shop, Sweet Memories (352-543-6230), in the tourist area and tell John and Barbara The Irishman from the Civil Air Patrol sent you!! There home made fudge is great, try the Key Lime fudge!! Art Fest 9 am to 5 pm. CDK Chamber (352)-543-5600 - 10am - 2pm Mon-Thurs!
1997 - Great weather, 80 degrees, clear blue sky. Great Festival. Several planes pulled into the soft sand trying to park - Ya really gotta watch where your going at this airport!!!

Apr 18-19
Same time as
Sun & Fun
Apr 19-20
Buick Car Show , Yea, I drive a 9 year old 1987 Buick Regal Grand National with 148,000 miles and it still wins at the car show, can do 0 to 60 in 4 sec, new engine, 450 hp, 20 mpg and is a full size car! Comfort Inn, Melbourne, Fl - I-95 & Wickham Rd
Apr 19
Spring Bluegrass Festival , - Sertoma Youth Ranch, Clay Hill Rd, 1.5 miles E of I-75, Larry (352)-754-3082, Bluegrass Music, Food, Camping, etc.
FLY to Brooksville (Hernando County Airport, (BKV),
Last updated 25-Dec-97
Apr 24-26
Taste of the Island Festival , noon-4:00 PM, sponsered by the BPW at The Island (? unknow where that is). Cantact Pam (305)-743-9427 (Marathon??)
Fly in to Marathon Airport (MTH)
Last updated 01-Jan-98
Apr 25
Melbourne Art Fest - Historic Downtown Melbourne!!! 250 Artists, food from local restaurants, costume contest, parade, 9 AM to 5 PM. More info (407)-722-1964
1997 - Weather bad, Saturday - windy and heavy rain,Sunday windy and humid. The Show was great and worth going to, lots of artists!
Last Updated 23-Mar-98
Apr 25-26
Apr 26-27
Indian River Festival - Titusville Fly to Arthur Dunn Airpark (X21) , and walk a mile east to the festival at Sand Point Park on US 1. Five day event (Thurs to Sunday), commercial rides on the midway, community exhibits, wildlife display, live entertainment, car show, FOOD and games. Sponsered by the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce.
1997 - Weather bad, Saturday - windy and heavy rain,Sunday windy and humid.
Apr 24-27
Florida Heritage Festival Grand Parade, Riverfest, 200,000 people come to Bradenton. Celebrate Florida's cultural diversity and to commemorate the European discovery of Manatee County.
Also the Anna Maria Island Springfest at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Last Updated 25-Dec-97
West Palm Beach - SunFest . Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. 800-SUNFEST - See May
Last Updated 07-Apr-98
Apr 29 - May 03

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