May 6 & 7 Fernandina Beach
FIRST WEEKEND UNION GARRISON at Fort Clinch State Park. Living historians recreate life at Fort Clinch during the War Between the States. Activities may include black powder artillery demonstrations and marching drills, as well as soldiers and civilians taking up duty in the laundry, infirmary and kitchen. Fees: Park entrance fee plus $2.00 per person Fort admission. Contact: 904-277-7274.
May 6 & 7 Dunedin
ISLAND FEST – CELEBRATE WITH FRIENDS at Honeymoon Island State Park. 10:00 AM – 8:00PM. Description: Sponsored by Friends of the Island Parks. Come out and discover Honeymoon! Highlights of this event will include food, craft and environmental vendors and a bigger than ever environmental display in Osprey Village! There will also be guided walks, talks and information on our upcoming Nature Center. Fees: Stay posted for further information. Contact: 727-469-5942.
May 13 Gainesville
The Fifth Annual Antique Bottle Show and Sale. Collectors from across Florida will come together to display their collections of antique bottles and other artifacts. The Alachua County Historic Trust:Matheson Museum, Inc. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Alachua County Tourist Development Tax. www.visitgainesville.net 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $1 Admission. Early Bird Special Friday, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. $5 Admission. Come early while the vendors are setting up! 513 E. University Ave., Gainesville, Florida 32601 (Additional parking located across the street at the Kirby Smith School Board Building.) Lisa Auel, 352-378-2280
May 13 Ormond Beach
TOMOKA REMEMBERS at Tomoka State Park. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. East Central Florida history comes to life! Each month, discover a different piece of the past, from Seminoles to Civil war. Visitors can talk to, and learn from Living Historians. Call for each month’s topic of interest. Fees: Reg. park entry fee $ 4.00 per car. Contact: 386-676-4050
May 13 & 14 Newberry
FLORIDA FRIENDLY YARDS & NEIGHBORHOODS WORKSHOP at Rainbow Springs State Park. Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Learn about plants, trees, fertilizers and soils that work well in Florida. Learn what works for your pocketbook, for the environment, and for beautiful yards and gardens. A Native Plant sale will be held in conjunction so that you can purchase the plants after you learn what to do with them. Bring your lunch! $1.00 per person, park entrance fee. Contact 352-465-8555.
May 17 Gainesville
DOCENT PROGRAM at Dudley Farm Historic State Park. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Topic: Cracker Remedies & Herbals: Native plant lore. If you join the group as a volunteer, there is no park fee to attend. Contact: 352-472-1142.
May 20 Largo
Civil War Days Featuring the 23rd Annual Heritage Village Skirmish. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. “Civil War Days entertains, educates and delights with exhibits, historical reenactments and hands-on activities representing 1860’s military and civilian life and is highlighted by the traditional Blue-Gray Skirmish. Free event parking and complimentary shuttle located on 119th St. between Ulmerton and Walsingham Roads. For re-enactor information: email@example.com. Sutlers must pre-register by calling Heritage Village at (727) 582-2123
May 20 Cross Creek
CHILDREN AND ANIMALS at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. 10:00 a.m. Leslie Straub, experienced animal rescuer, will share some special animals rescued in Florida. At her last program, her gopher tortoise made a serious escape attempt (for about 30 minutes) and the park’s rooster tried to protect his flock from the red tailed hawk. The program is geared especially for children but all are welcome. Free with park admission. Contact: 352-466-3672
May 28 Fernandina Beach
WORLD WAR II EVENT at Fort Clinch State Park. 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. May 28th, 9 a.m. until noon. Memorial Weekend program in honor of soldiers who fought during WWII. Park entrance fee plus $2/person Fort admission. Contact: 904-277-7274.
May 27 & 28 Bradenton
467th Commemoration of de Soto Expedition. De Soto National Memorial will present a two day schedule of activities to commemorate the beginning of the Hernando de Soto expedition. Join 16th century reenactors and park staff to celebrate the 467th anniversary of the beginning of the Entrada (Spanish for first expedition and conquest of a country) when Spanish conquistadors, horses, and war dogs splashed ashore in the lower Tampa Bay area. Free. Located at the end of 75th Street NW in Bradenton, FL. Contact: 941-792-0458.
May 31- June 2 Gainesville
Yulee Days Model Railroad Display A model railroad display, constructed by the Ocala Model Railroaders Historic Preservation Society, will be on exhibit in celebration of North Central Florida’s Yulee Days. The Alachua County Historic Trust: Matheson Museum and the Ocala Model Railroaders Historic Preservation Society. Wednesday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and admission is free. Admission is $1 on Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Sunday, June 4, from 1-4 p.m. 513 E. University Ave., Gainesville, Florida 32601 (Additional parking located across the street at the Kirby Smith School Board Building.) Contact: Lisa Auel 352-378-2280.
June 3 & 4 Fernandina Beach
FIRST WEEKEND UNION GARRISON. Fort Clinch State Park. Living historians recreate life at Fort Clinch during the War Between the States. Activities may include black powder artillery demonstrations and marching drills, as well as soldiers and civilians taking up duty in the laundry, infirmary and kitchen. Park Fee plus $2.00 per person Fort admission. Contact: 904-277-7274.
June 17 Largo
Antique Appraisal Fair AT HERITAGE VILLAGE. One person’s trash is another’s treasure, or so the old saying goes. But, how do you know if Aunt Mollie’s antique cookie cutters or Uncle Bud’s World War II weapons are treasures – or just have sentimental value? Bring it to the Antique Appraisal Fair and an antique expert will appraise the item for a small fee. Noted Tampa Bay area antique experts will be available to appraise items for $5 each, or $12 for three. Contact: (727) 582-2123 or Heritage Village.