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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Words, Whales, Worms and a Whole Lot More Happening in and around Tallahassee, April 2008

April is full of all sorts of activities in and around Tallahassee. Here’s what’s piqued my curiosity:

Wakulla Wildlife Festival, April 3 - 5: Tonight kicked off the annual event which seems to be growing each year. The main festivities happen at Wakulla Springs State Park with educational seminars from birds to reptiles and flowers and caves. Get a little culture during Art on the Terrace Friday and Saturday evenings.

Various field trips are being offered but chances are, they’re sold out. Still, it doesn’t hurt to check and see what’s open. Field trips travel to various parts of the Wakulla area and include an evening “Owl Prowl” at Wakulla Springs, a photography session at St. Marks Refuge and the Sinks of Wakulla. Tours run from sun up to sundown. Check out the event Web site for more info.

Whale of a Sale, April 4 & 5: Kick off the ultimate garage sale with food, music and fun at the North Florida Fairgrounds on Friday. The Junior League of Tallahassee presents the 33rd Annual Whale of a Sale. If you’re in the need of “stuff,” stuff you know you need and stuff you’re not sure you need yet, this is the place to be. I scored a box full of books last year for less than five bucks. Friday night, admission is $25 for the party and early bird shopping, Saturday it’s $1. Check out the site for more info.

2008 Florida Wine Festival, April 10 – 12: I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed in the turn out to last year’s Wine Festival but hey, it meant I didn’t have to wait in line to taste the Florida wines. The festival, with a Viva Las Vegas theme, is three days of food, wine and music at Kleman Plaza. What could be better? Sorry I’m going to miss this year’s event. The celebrity grape stomping is a must-see. Check out the site for more info.

Worm Gruntin’ Festival, April 12: This is an event I’ve missed for the past three year’s I’ve lived here. One day, even if I move away, I will get down on my knees in Sopchoppy to summon the worms with a bit of worm gruntin’. As it’s been explained to me, worm gruntin’ has something to do with a wood stake, some metal and rubbing the two together so the earth vibrates which causes the worms to rise out of the earth. I liken it to a snake charmer.

Plantation Ball, April 19: Are saddle shoes and poodle skirts appropriate for this ball at the Pebble Hill Plantation? The theme is “Relive those Maltshop Memories” and Charlie Brown’s Coasters (You know, “Yakity Yak (Don't Talk Back)” ) are the featured performers with Nightfire opening. Tickets are $85 each and includes buffet dinner, valet parking and open bar (cheaper than the prom, right? Plus, I know several folks who could drink $85 worth). Wish I was in town to rock around this clock! Check out Pebble Hill Plantation’s site for more info.

Word Traffic Books always has something going on each month. Here’s a highlight for April:

High School Writers' Guild Saturday, April 12 2-4p.m. This is an opportunity for young writers to share their work and support each other.

Local Author Norma Sundberg will read from her children’s book An Odd Fable on Saturday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Carabelle, Fla. author R.G. Hilton will read from and discuss her new book, The Legacy of Gale Ann Ralston on Saturday, April 26 at 5 p.m. Hot beans and cold beer will be provided (I’m not sure what hot beans are and if they’re tied to the story or if it’s a Tallahassee thing).

Word Traffic Books is located at 1227 E. Lafayette Street, Tallahassee between Lindy's Chicken and Wooly Bully and behind New Leaf Market.

And who says there isn’t anything to do in Tallahassee?

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