Out and About

A pocket of tranquility

It’s a beautiful sunny day and I’m sitting under a shady palm, book in hand, a cold drink in the other. There’s a gentle breeze coming off the blue-green water, and the soft chirping of sea birds is the only noise disturbing my afternoon reverie. 

I could almost be on a tiny South Seas island, hours away from civilization but in reality, I’m on a tiny, tiny piece of Florida called Palm Island. 

Palm Island is located about 9 miles south of Englewood, Florida, off the coast from Cape Haze. Not really an accurate name as it is made up of 4 interconnected islands.

Jumping for Joy: The Double Dutch Club

When Vivian Kwarren began homeschooling her daughter Angela, (10) she became generally concerned about her social skills and that thought had brought her back to her hometown of Brooklyn in New York.

“I started thinking about me and when I grew up in New York. I used to jump Double Dutch everyday (coming) home from school. It used to be to a whole bunch of kids,” Kwarren said.

Wild Foraging

On Friday June 22, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend a guided Wild Foraging program.  This took place at Chinsegut Conservation Center, and was presented by Kristin Wood of Dade Battlefield Historic State Park.  The purpose of the program was to educate the attendees in the wild edible plants native to Florida, and found in your backyard.  

Touring on two wheels

I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed several Segway tours throughout Europe. From Rome to Berlin to Stockholm and now, here at home, in Tampa and St.Petersburg. It’s a whole load of fun once you suss out your equilibrium!

After seeing a great deal for tickets on Groupon, I took my daughter and granddaughter on a Magic Carpet Glide Segway Tour in Tampa.

What is a Segway, you ask? It’s a two-wheeled, self-balancing motorized personal vehicle with an upright handlebar. There’s a generous platform for your feet  and, once powered on, the Segway balances automatically.

WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018 7 PM

Hosted by Wounded Warriors Have Families Too. Fun filled evening of Wine Tasting, Appetizers, Music and Raffle/Auction! All for a great cause - help sponsor a Wounded, Injured or ill Military family to participate in the Army 10 Miler!
$25 Individual Ticket. $40 Couples Discount Ticket. Call (813) 758-9931. Visit Facebook @WoundedWarriorsHaveFamiliesToo.

Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery is located at 17810 Forge Dr, Spring Hill,

 

Donnie and Marie Osmond Summer 2018 Tour

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018 8 PM

With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing classic songs along with their chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” and “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll.”  Add in sibling humor, their supreme Las Vegas band and dancers, along with high-energy style and dance numbers and this is one production that is total entertainment for the young and young at heart.