Listen to the Joy of Junkanoo

The bright colors, the loud clinking of a cowbell and the rhythmic beating of drums surround your senses as the music of celebration known as Junkanoo passes by. Held in select cities like Key West, Coconut Grove, Tampa, and Tallahassee, Junkanoo symbolizes the heart and soul of the Bahamian people. Originating from their spiritual African roots, Junkanoo celebrations began after Bahamian immigrants moved to Florida in the 19th century and

NIBBLING at the History of Thanksgiving

For centuries, Thanksgiving has been a favorite American holiday.  During one of America’s bleakest years, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, one of America’s greatest politicians, stumbled badly when he attempted to change the traditional Thanksgiving holiday. Since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, Americans customarily celebrated Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November. The month of November 1939 featured five Thursdays. Calendar manufacturers had

Christmases-past were Florida style!

Cactus-fruit pies, jousting competitions, and contraband bottles of whiskey washing ashore have made for some memorable Christmases-past in Florida. Over the years, despite frontier hardships, wars and storms, folks have found distinctive ways to celebrate the religious holiday in Florida. The first Christmas celebration on Florida soil is thought to have been the very first in North America. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his entourage of more than 600