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Viva Florida 500 Week
Apr 1 – Saturday all-day

Viva Florida

About the Department of State’s Special Viva Florida 500 Week Exhibit, April 4-6

Florida Archives

Some of Florida’s most historical documents that are rarely made available for public viewing will be on display from April 4-6, 2013, in the Department of State’s Museum of Florida History. These documents include Florida’s original 1838 Constitution and a 1586 map of Sir Francis Drake’s West Indian voyage.

Museum of Florida History and Conservation Lab Tours

The Department of State’s Museum of Florida History will be offering tours April 4-6 of its new permanent exhibitForever Changed, La Florida, 1513-1821, a wide-ranging exhibit highlighting the Native American and Spanish colonial history. The Department of State’s Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research will also be offering behind-the-scenes tours of its conservation lab, which is responsible for the stabilization and preservation of archaeological objects excavated from state land and waters. The lab tours will showcase artifacts encountered on Florida’s archaeological sites, which range from prehistoric canoes and projectile points to Spanish shipwreck materials.

For more information about these exhibits and tours, call 850.245.6400 or go to www.museumoffloridahistory.com.

 

Other Statewide Viva Florida 500 Week Events

 Monday, April 1

 Art Works of the Centennial (Port Orange)  Enjoy the final day of artwork on display highlighting local Port Orange artists and showcasing historic landmarks, buildings and beautiful landscapes.  Visit www.port-orange.org

 Viva Florida 500 Art Display (Fort Lauderdale) – The beauty of the sea and life below Earth’s surface is nature’s art. Fort Lauderdale artist Susan Clifton merges nature’s beauty with graphics in her nine works of mixed media on canvas.  Visit www.broward.org/library

 Viva Pensacola JazzFest 2013 (Pensacola) – This will be the biggest and most exciting Jazz Festival in Pensacola’s history to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Pensacola JazzFest! This seven-day event, scheduled from April 1 through 7, 2013, is designed to be a city-wide celebration, with music in a variety of venues.  Visit http://jazzpensacola.com

 Tuesday, April 2

 V Centennial Celebration of the Discovery (Melbourne Beach) – In celebration of Juan Ponce de Leόn’s arrival on Florida’s shore 500 years ago, the United Third Bridge, Inc. and The Florida Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. have organized an array of events beginning April 2, and lasting for 3 days. The week includes Mass at Immaculate Conception Church conducted by Father Joseph A. Nolan and dedication of a statue of Juan Ponce de León.   Visit www.utbunitedthirdbridge.com/pdleon-schedule.php

Discovering Nature’s Favorite Designs at Spanish Point (Osprey) – Nan Summers with the Discovering Nature’s Favorite Designs Workshop in the Butterfly Garden at Historic Spanish Point will lead a discussion in celebration of La Florida, meaning the “land of flowers,” along with a special tour of Mrs. Palmer’s formal gardens guided by horticulturist Nancy Paul.  Visit www.historicspanishpoint.org

 Florida 500 Fine Art Juried Exhibition (Melbourne Beach) – A juried art exhibition will be judged by Paul Wenzel, public art coordinator for the City of Orlando. The show opens for public viewing at the Melbourne Beach Library April 2, 2013.  Visit www.strawbridgeartleague.org

 Ponce de León 30o – 8’ Celebration (Ponte Vedra) – At noon on April 2, 1513, it is believed by many that Ponce de León’s navigators logged their ship’s position at 30 degrees 8 minutes, just north of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve’s boundaries.  In honor of this legendary event, the GTM Research Reserve will unveil the new Ponce Exhibit, an educational display at their North Beach Access.  Visit www.gtmnerr308ponce.eventbrite.com

 Wednesday, April 3

 Juan Ponce de León Commemorative Re-enactment & Mass (St. Augustine) – Watch the re-enactment of Ponce de León’s momentous landing along historic downtown St. Augustine followed by a special Catholic Mass conducted at the Cathedral Basilica, of which many church leadership will be presiding. An exact replica of the baptismal font in which Ponce was baptized will be installed in the Cathedral Basilica, to serve as a functional baptismal font for the church.   Visit www.staugustine-450.com

U.S. Postal Service Unveiling of La Florida Commemorative Stamp (St. Augustine)  The U.S. Postal Service will unveil the new La Florida forever stamp. The stamp commemorates the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida.  Visit www.staugustine-450.com

 Thursday, April 4

 African American History & Culture: Viva Florida 500 Series (Daytona Beach) – The third of five lectures in a series will help audiences gain a better understanding of how descendants of the African Diaspora contributed to the development of Florida.  Visit www.rileymuseum.org

 Stories of Florida – Con Sabor! (Fort Lauderdale) – Our stories have never been the same since Ponce de Leόn first arrived on our shores in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, Carrie Su Ayvar chooses from her large repertoire of personal, historical and traditional Florida tales to connect the people and cultures of Florida, con un poquito de sabor Latino - with a little bit of Latin flavor.  Visit www.broward.org/library

 The Native Plant Show (Kissimmee)  Florida’s first all-native plant wholesale trade show will feature nearly 40 Florida plant growers from all over the state. The show provides three award-winning, native demonstration landscapes for Central, North and South Florida; two days of professional continuing education courses in the selection and use of native plants and a University of Florida research symposium on the growing and planting of native wildflowers.  Visit www.nativeplantshow.com   

 Friday, April 5

 Springtime Tallahassee (Tallahassee)  Experience true Southern hospitality with one of the largest and most celebrated parades in the southeast. Enjoy local entertainment and national entertainment acts. The weekend includes: Downtown Getdown on Friday Night at 6:00 p.m.; Springtime 10K / 5K and 1 Mile at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday; and Grand Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.  Visit www.springtimetallahassee.com

New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest (New Smyrna Beach)  The Balloon & Sky Fest, themed “The Light of Discovery” for 2013, is set for the fifth time at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport on April 5-7, 2013. Located next to the 128-year-old landmark bearing the name of Florida’s discoverer, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, The Light of Discovery will shine on the thousands of people who stream through the entrance gates all weekend long, proudly commemorating 500 years of history in Florida.  Visit www.seasideballoonfest.com    

 Saturday, April 6

 Puerto Rico Discovers Florida Again (Tampa)  Symposium featuring the sale of 100% manufactured Puerto Rican products on April 6 at the WYNDHAM Hotel Tampa, welcoming and recognizing the new Domestic Trade agreement between Florida and Puerto Rico. The day will commemorate Florida’s accomplishments old and new by focusing on the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de Leόn, Puerto Rico’s first Governor.  Visit www.PuertoRicanChamberofFlorida.com

 Playing Sherlock Holmes with St. Augustine History (St. Augustine)  Join noted historian and author, David Nolan, as he covers the last 35 years he has spent exploring the lesser-known byways of our past and uncovering hitherto unknown homes of Civil War generals, famous authors and important figures in civil rights history in Florida.  Visit www.sjcpls.org

 Calusa Stories and Kayak Lessons (Fort Myers Beach) – Experience an introductory lesson into kayaking paired with stories and exhibits of the native Calusa tribe of Florida. Join the volunteer staff on a tour of the grounds and underground exhibit at the Mound House.  Visit www.moundhouse.org

 Viva Florida 500 Author Program (St. Pete Beach) – Author talk and book signing with Donald H. Thompson and Carol Thompson, regarding Egmont Key: A History.  Visit www.pplc.us/vivaflorida2012.shtml

 17th Annual Miami Riverday (Miami)  The free 17th annual Miami Riverday celebrates the unique heritage, culture and natural environment of the historic and widely-used Miami River. Come enjoy free Miami River boat rides, live music, historic re-enactments in the 1844 Fort Dallas and the 1856 Wagner Homestead, environmental education, children activities and much more.  Visit www.miamirivercommission.org

 1513 The Ponce de León Landing First Contact (Ponte Vedra Beach) – On Saturday, April 6, 2013, the legendary Conquistador Ponce de Leόn will land his expedition at the Guana Reserve. The event will involve Ponce de Leόn’s modern re-enactment boat landing, historical activities, and black powder demonstrations.  Visit  www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/

To read more about Viva Florida 500, click here

For a complete list of Viva Florida 500 events, visit the events calendar at www.VivaFlorida.org.

Apr 4 Thu
Tour and Tea @ Stetson Mansion
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Stetson Mansion Tea Tour01Pass the scones and pour the tea, we now proclaim tea parties at the Stetson Mansion.

Join us for a custom tour of the mansion followed by teatime in the school house.  Each month we will feature a new theme and special guest.  Our menu will feature delights from local Deland businesses.  Sweet scones, savory gourmet petite tea sandwiches and delicate desserts – all complimented by delicious herbal teas.

Tea reservations must be made in advance and prepaid.  Teas are non-refundable 72 hours prior to your reserved teatime.

To read more about the Tour and Tea, click here.

Apr 5 Fri
Timucuan Talk @ Turtle Mound
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

turtle mound  Walk to the top of Turtle Mound and learn what life was like for the Timucuan Indians 2,000 years ago.  Bring sunscreen and water.  Meet at Turtle Mound.

NSB Balloon and Sky Fest @ NSB Municipal Airport
2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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2:00 PM
Gates Open. No coolers please. BRING YOUR CAMERA!

ALL EVENING
All 100+ vendors open, 4-H Animal Encounter, the Inspiration Village, live entertainment on the 80,000-watt Fest Stage, and the Carnival Rides open (until 10:00 PM). Static display aircraft, including a B-25 bomber, a classic DC-3, a Corsair, T-6′s, P-51 Mustangs, helicopters, and fighters, can be enjoyed all afternoon and evening!

RIDES (all afternoon, until dark… Huey and Enstrom helicopters, airplanes, B-25 bomber).

Lots of FOOD all day.
BEER: 2 PM – 9 PM.

Tethered Balloon Rides (winds and weather permitting)*

4:00 PM
The Afterwhile on the Sky Fest Stage

5:30 PM
Run Rhino on the Sky Fest Stage

7:00 PM
Teflon Don on the Sky Fest Stage

7:30 PM (Approx.)
BALLOON GLOW* (balloons are very wind sensitive, and can not inflate if the winds are more than about 8 MPH),
GLOW usually lasts 60 minutes.

8:30 PM
NIGHT AIR SHOW! Back by popular demand! The Aeroshell Team circles the Balloon Glow and then performs at dusk, and the show continues with Manfred Radius and his fire-streaking glider, the fiery cloud of the 300 MPH Jet School Bus, and the smoke, thunder, and strobes of Matt Younkin’s huge Twin Beech!

10:00 PM
Gates Close

 

Apr 6 Sat
Farmers Market @ Old Fort Park and City Hall
7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

farmers marketEach Saturday, vendors take their place in front of Old Fort Park in the Canal Street Historic District. Local farmers offer fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, juices, dairy, seafood and grass-fed meats.

Organic and pesticide-free produce are available. Quality handcrafted items and baked goods also are offered.

NSB Balloon and Sky Fest @ NSB Municipal Airport
7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

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7:00 AM
Gates Open. No coolers please. BRING YOUR CAMERA!

ALL DAY and EVENING: All 100+ vendors open, 4-H Animal Encounter, the Inspiration Village, live entertainment on the 80,000-watt Fest Stage, and the Carnival Rides open (until 10:00 PM). Static display aircraft, including a B-25 bomber, a classic DC-3, a Corsair, T-6′s, P-51 Mustangs, helicopters, and fighters, can be enjoyed all afternoon and evening!

RIDES (all day, until dark…. Huey and Enstrom helicopters, airplanes, B-25 bomber).

Lots of FOOD all day.
BEER 10 AM -9 PM.

SUNRISE (Approx 7:00 AM):
Hot-air balloon passenger flights (last approx 1 hour)*.

7:00 AM
Classical music as the sun rises over Balloon & Sky Fest

9:30 AM
Dance Factory on stage

10:15 AM
Stirrup Some Dust precision horse demonstration team

10:30 AM
Rolling Thunder Missing Man Presentation

11:00 AM
Quad-Line Stunt Kite, Colleen Baker

12:00 PM
Nick Comis, Illusionist

12:30 PM
Pre-Air-Show Demonstrations begin (helicopters, Coast Guard demonstration, overhead formation flying, etc.)

1:00 PM
AIR SHOW Acts scheduled to appear at this time include Patty Wagstaff, AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Matt Younkin, the 300 MPH Jet School Bus, Skybolts parachute team, military fighter jet and bomber demonstrations, A-4 Skyhawk jet, Manfred Radius, P-51 Mustang demo, Jason Newburg, the WORLD PREMIERE of Kyle Franklin’s Demon-1 Biplane “Dracula” show, and much more…

Veterans Honor Ceremony, sponsored by Halifax Health – Hospice, with The Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard, at approximately 1:15 PM, followed by fly-bys of numerous warbirds representing the several wars of the past Century

NOTE: The show has been approved by all branches of the military for participation by their aircraft, but the level of participation will depend on world events and training requirements.

3:30 PM
Combined group precision horse demonstration

5:30 PM
Just Twistin’ Hay on the Sky Fest Stage

7:00 PM
Patrick Gibson on the Sky Fest Stage

7:30 PM (Approx.)
BALLOON GLOW* (balloons are very wind sensitive, and can not inflate if the winds are more than about 8 MPH), GLOW usually lasts 60 minutes.

8:30 PM
NIGHT AIR SHOW! Back by popular demand! The Aeroshell Team circles the Balloon Glow and then performs at dusk, and the show continues with Manfred Radius and his fire-streaking glider, the fiery cloud of the 300 MPH Jet School Bus, and the smoke, thunder, and strobes of Matt Younkin’s huge Twin Beech!

10:00 PM
Gates Close

Artificial Reef Seminar @ Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

fishLearn about building, fishing, diving and monitoring the artificial reefs off the coast of Volusia County. The Volusia County Marine Science Center has partnered with the Halifax Sportfishing Club and Volusia County Reef Research Dive Team to host an Artificial Reef Seminar which is open to the public.

“The goal is to educate anyone who is interested about the county’s marine wildlife and artificial fishing reef system,” said County Coastal Division Director Joe Nolin. “The reef system is an economic engine for the regional marine industry and an amazing ecological resource.”

The seminar will cover the benefits, design and construction of artificial reefs; the basics of fishing artificial reefs including preparation, locating the reefs, and proper anchoring and fishing techniques; how to dive artificial reefs; and how to help monitor the growth and development of the reef over time.

To read more about this and the Marine Science Center, click here.

Community Workshop @ New Smyrna Beach Woman’s Club
9:00 AM

An all-day community workshop on the North Causeway Plan will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at the New Smyrna Beach Woman’s Club, 403 Magnolia Street. Pete Sechler, AECOM representative and author of the 2010 CRA Master Plan Update, will facilitate both discussions.

“We’re hoping to have a good turnout and see a lot of new faces at these meetings,” said Gail Henrikson, planning manager. “We want the community to be involved in the planning process. To make informed decisions, we need to hear the views and ideas from the community and not just a handful of people.”

Several elements from the current plan have been completed. These include reuse of the former high school site and redevelopment of the former Feger’s Seafood site.

 

Lagoon to Ocean @ Visitor Center
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 Canaveral National SeashoreOur walk will start on the shores of the lagoon and continue to the sea, we’ll discuss all of the eco-systems.  This program is led by a University of Florida certified coastal naturalist and will conclude with a treasure hunt along the beach.  Please bring water & sunscreen. Meet at Visitor Center.

Apr 7 Sun
NSB Balloon and Sky Fest @ NSB Municipal Airport
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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7:00 AM
Gates Open. No coolers please. BRING YOUR CAMERA!

ALL DAY and EVENING
All 100+ vendors open, 4-H Animal Encounter, the Inspiration Village, live entertainment on the 80,000-watt Fest Stage, and the Carnival Rides open (until 10:00 PM). Static display aircraft, including a B-25 bomber, a classic DC-3, a Corsair, T-6′s, P-51 Mustangs, helicopters, and fighters, can be enjoyed all afternoon and evening!

RIDES (all day, until dark…. Huey and Enstrom helicopters, airplanes, B-25 bomber).

Lots of FOOD all day.
BEER 10 AM – 5 PM.

SUNRISE (Approx 7:00 AM)
Hot-air balloon passenger flights (last approx 1 hour)*.

7:00 AM
Classical music as the sun rises over Balloon & Sky Fest

9:45 AM
Stirrup Some Dust precision horse demonstration team

10:00 AM
Little Theater, musical presentation

10:45 AM
Stirrup Some Dust precision horse demonstration team

11:00 AM
Smyrna Brass on stage

11:45 AM
Stirrup Some Dust precision horse demonstration team

12:00 PM
Daytona Beach Harley Davidson Drill Team

12:00 PM
Pre-Air-Show Demonstrations begin (helicopters, Coast Guard demonstration, overhead formation flying, etc.)

1:00 PM
AIR SHOW Acts scheduled to appear at this time include Patty Wagstaff, AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Matt Younkin, the 300 MPH Jet School Bus, Skybolts parachute team, military fighter jet and bomber demonstrations, A-4 Skyhawk jet, Manfred Radius, P-51 Mustang demo, Jason Newburg, the WORLD PREMIERE of Kyle Franklin’s Demon-1 Biplane “Dracula” show, and much more…

Veterans Honor Ceremony, sponsored by Halifax Health – Hospice, with The Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard, at approximately 1:15 PM, followed by fly-bys of numerous warbirds representing the several wars of the past Century

NOTE: The show has been approved by all branches of the military for participation by their aircraft, but the level of participation will depend on world events and training requirements.

4:00 PM
Travis Stratton and the Salt Water Grass on stage

6:00 PM
Gates Close

 

Apr 10 Wed
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony @ Beltone Hearing Aid Center
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Apr 11 Thu
Tour and Tea @ Stetson Mansion
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Stetson Mansion Tea Tour01Pass the scones and pour the tea, we now proclaim tea parties at the Stetson Mansion.

Join us for a custom tour of the mansion followed by teatime in the school house.  Each month we will feature a new theme and special guest.  Our menu will feature delights from local Deland businesses.  Sweet scones, savory gourmet petite tea sandwiches and delicate desserts – all complimented by delicious herbal teas.

Tea reservations must be made in advance and prepaid.  Teas are non-refundable 72 hours prior to your reserved teatime.

To read more about the Tour and Tea, click here.

Apr 12 Fri
Lipton Cup Regatta @ Smyrna Yacht Club
Apr 12 – Sunday all-day

Lipton cup 2FRIDAY:
6:30 PM Welcome Cocktail Party at the Smyrna Yacht Club Tiki Bar

SATURDAY:
The race boats depart from the Smyrna Yacht Club docks

9:00 AM Boats will assemble in the ocean off Ponce Inlet

9:30 AM Lipton Cup party begins at Toni & Joe’s

9:30 AM Private party for invitees at the Lipton Cup Skybox

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM Two ocean course races

6:30 PM Captain’s Party (for ticket holders) at the Smyrna Yacht Club

SUNDAY:
8:00 AM Race boats depart the Smyrna Yacht Club

9:00 AM Boats assemble in the ocean off Ponce Inlet

9:30 AM The Lipton Cup party at Toni & Joe’s

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Ocean Course 3 races take place

3:30 PM Cocktails at the Smyrna Yacht Club Bar

4:30 PM Awards Presentation

Cast Netting Lesson @ Visitor Center Dock
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

netLearn the skill and grace that goes along with this fun hobby at the Canaveral National Seashore.  If you have a cast net, please feel free to bring it with you (we will provide a few nets).  Bring water and insect repellant.  Meet at the Visitor Center dock.

 

PLEASE NOTE: all programs are subject to cancellation and/or rescheduling due to staff limitations, weather conditions, or other factors. Some programs require reservations, a minimum age, or a cost-recovery fee.  Call 386-428-3384 ext. 0 for program information during operating hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), www.nps.gov/cana.  Entrance fees apply to all interpretive program participants.  All programs meet the requirements for the Canaveral National Seashore Junior Ranger program.

Apr 13 Sat
Farmers Market @ Old Fort Park and City Hall
7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

farmers marketEach Saturday, vendors take their place in front of Old Fort Park in the Canal Street Historic District. Local farmers offer fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, juices, dairy, seafood and grass-fed meats.

Organic and pesticide-free produce are available. Quality handcrafted items and baked goods also are offered.


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