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Weekend Briefing: Birds of a Feather Fest, Food Fest, 2 Operas, Sarah Hartley, Artist of the Year

| February 9, 2018

Coming in for a landing at Palm Coast's annual Birds of a Feather Fest, which takes off this weekend. (Henry)

Coming in for a landing at Palm Coast’s annual Birds of a Feather Fest, which takes off this weekend. (Henry)

Weekend: Pleasant, highs in the mid to upper 70s, lows in the lower 60s. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index43
The OED’s Word of the Day: acrolith, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

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“But real change, dramatic change can only occur with the help of others. And that is what I sought. A dramatic change. It’s not something that I dreamed up or even something that evolved over the last few years. No, it was something that I had thought about, dreamed about since a very early age, as a 4 or maybe 5-year-old at the latest. I don’t remember my age – it is irrelevant anyway; the change I dreamed off was not possible. It wasn’t possible physically, and more than that, it wasn’t possible socially. Who had ever heard of a boy wanting to be a girl? Totally ridiculous. The sissy. There must be something wrong with him. But all the same, the idea, the feelings, belonging, the overwhelming desires never left me.”

–Palm Coast resident Sarah L. Hartley, from her memoir, “Sunset: Sunrise: A Journey of Self-Acceptance” (2018).

Previously:

Chesterton on public opinion | Music saves lives | Knausgaard’s Autumn | Dworkin’s intercourse | Religion’s subversiveness | Malcolm X | Dead bodies | 17th Century Nature | Imperfect mother | One’s stupidity | Third World | Tramps’ necessity | Stock market folly | Sunrise on America | Migrants through time | Mother tongues | Roth on age | Baudrillard’s reality | Madame de Sévigné’s fever | Public opinion | Wealth and art | Pascal’s world | Wheelies | Knausgaard on writing | Bach’s grace | Suffragette fury | Donna Tartt | Regrettable intercourse | Glory’s obscenity | Atheism v. Bach | Describing music | Dostoevsky’s truth | Clemenceau on artists | Henry Cabot Lodge | John Lennon | Homesteaders | Cakes and discrimination | Civil liberties | Nuance in America | Careless supremacy | Orange sentence | Ephemeral present | E.O. Wilson on atheism | Ponce de Leon | Bill Kristol’s liberalism | Life’s evening | Male friendships | Solzhenitsyn’s power | Voltaire on tolerance | McMurtry on Hemingway | Under arrest | LBJ’s white trash | Lewd plant names | Nabokov’s trains | Mass shootings

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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

wnzfFree For All Fridays on WNZF: Host David Ayres welcomes Kara Hoblick of the Florida Agriculture Museum in palm Coast to talk about the weekend’s music and food fest there, Sheriff Rick Staly, and Rep. Paul Renner, who’ll give an update on the legislative session, all starting a little after 9 a.m. with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam on the juvenalia of military parades.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Palm Coast’s fourth annual Birds of a Feather Fest, offering a weekend of birding, photography, workshops, family activities and a special community presentation for everyone who loves nature and wildlife. A full schedule is at www.birdingfest.com. New this year is PeaCee’s Big Backyard behind Palm Coast City Hall on Saturday, Feb. 10. This backyard-sized interactive exhibit will allow festival-goers of all ages explore how to attract birds and butterflies to their own backyards. The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey will set up in PeaCee’s Big Backyard and give two shows, and there will be a full array of nature-related children’s activities all for free. Four free beginner bird walks will start from City Hall at 8 and 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. that day. Other new features for 2018 are a big trip to Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive; a bird walk at Pelicer Creek Conservation Area; classes on iPhoneography, Pokemon Go (for birding) and Building a Bird-Friendly Backyard; and a behind-the-scenes reception with Moose Peterson before his Saturday night community presentation. The popular Introduction to Birding, eBirding and Bird Identification workshops will also be offered.

Friday: The internationally renowned Miró Quartet performs music of Haydn, Boccherini and Schumann as part of the seventeenth season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Amelia Baptist Church, 961167 Buccaneer Trail in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for this concert and the entire 2018 season are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling the Festival office at 904-261-1779.

washington oaks garden state park plant saleSaturday: Second Saturday Plant Sale at Washington Oaks Garden State Park, 10 am-2 p.m. The Friends of Washington Oaks are here to give personal attention and answer your questions as you purchase Florida friendly plants and novelties for your home and yard. “Cold Protection 101” will be the topic of our 11am plant chat. Volunteers will discuss the actions needed before and after cold snaps. Learn how to winterize your garden and patio plants for frosts and freezes. Join the Friends of Washington Oaks to get 20 percent off your plant purchases. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd.

Saturday: Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher is once again returning to the Flagler County Public Library so please join us at 2 p.m. and enjoy the sounds of the classical guitar. To be held in the DCR room of the library. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy. N.W., Palm Coast.

Saturday: For the Love of the Dance, 7 p.m. to whenever at the African-American Cultural Society, 4422 US Hwy 1, Palm Coast. This Second Annual Valentine’s Dance presents Chicago Style Steppin, Line Dance, and all styles of dance for couples and singles. All are welcome. $20 in advance $25 at the door. Table of 10 $180 in advance. Go to event website to reserve your advance ticket. DJ Platinum has your favorite music. Colors are red and/or white. Cash bar, free food, 50/50 raffle and Door prizes. This is a grown folks event.

Diana Gilson

Diana Gilson. (© FlaglerLive)

Saturday: The Gargiulo Art Foundation of Palm Coast celebrates its 2017 Flagler County Artist of the Year from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Flagler County Art League on the second floor of City Market Place, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, suite 207. The recipient is Diana Gilson. Join the foundation and the league in celebrating this annual event and meet many of the attending recipients of this award beginning with Peter Cerreta, first in the year 2000.

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Saturday: An Evening with Moose Peterson: 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 Highway 100, Palm Coast. World-renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, winner of the John Muir Conservation Award, will share his photographs and the stories behind them, at this free Rooted in Nature Lecture. Free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and program will begin at 7 p.m. More info: www.birdingfest.com and 386-986-2484. The event is part of Palm Coast’s Birds of a Feather festival.

Saturday: Flight to Freedom, 10 a.m. In celebration of Black History Month, walk with reenactors from the Fort Mose Historical Society on the Freedom Trail, the first “Underground Railroad” and learn the story of hundreds of people who fled to Spanish Florida from enslavement on British indigo and sugar plantations in South Carolina in the 1700s. Location: Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, 32084. For more information, call (904) 823-2232 or visit www.fortmose.org.

Saturday: The Flagler-St. Johns-Putnam County Chapter of The Charmettes Inc. will be having their annual “Women In Red” luncheon on Saturday February 10th at the Ravine Gardens in Palatka, Fl. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Charmettes have two speakers this year, Sarah Highman, RN of St. Augustine, who will speak on Health Education, Lisa James, Modern Woodmen of America of St. Mary’s, Georgia, who will speak on Women in the Business World. Everyone is invited to enjoy this most informative event to benefit cancer research. Tickets are $25 and are available from any Charmette member. For more information please contact Charmette Evelyn Vasquez 386-235-7324. The Charmettes Inc. is a sisterhood of dedicated women committed to improving the quality of life within our communities through advocacy, education, service and support for cancer research.

Saturday: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $39 to $69. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is the story of an innocent young geisha who falls in love with an American Navy lieutenant, only to be faced with an all-consuming heartbreak. Puccini’s emotionally charged opera will be fully staged with a new set, by Teatro Lirico D’Europa, who will also debut several new soloists for us here in Daytona Beach. The accompanying 40-piece orchestra will feature a special ensemble of all American musicians, and the production will include a local student playing Sorrow, Butterfly’s son. Performed in the original Italian language and featuring English supertitles. The Peabody Auditorium is at 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Reach the box office from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Fruday and Saturdays from 10 to 2 at 386/671-3462. Details and tickets here.

Saturday, Sunday: first coast operaFirst Coast Opera presents: “I Pagiacci and The Strangers Tale.” Originally written as a companion piece to Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale”, “A Stranger’s Tale” presents a homeless man whose interactions with others in New York City’s Central Park ultimately leads to improved lives. This double-bill production is fully-staged at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for students. Location: 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information visit www.firstcoastopera.com.

Sunday: Hot ‘n Spicy Food and Music Fest at the Florida Agriculture Museum: $5 will get you in for Hot N Spicy Food, Music, Fun. Banana Derby Monkey Racing. Hug an Alpaca. Those Guys, Southern Rock from noon to 4 p.m. Wagon rides for $5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gates open at 10am

Sunday: Made in St. Augustine, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Come hungry and celebrate everything made in the nation’s oldest city at this one-day festival. Explore the many tastes of St. Augustine in one place and enjoy a market-like atmosphere with local and handmade goods. Sample signature dishes from the city’s best chefs, hand-pick produce from local farmers, and drink various beverages from local coffee roasters, brewers and distillers. Location: Francis Field West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, visit www.madeinsaintaugustinefest.com.

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. Click on the image for larger view. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

Live and inert bombing: Navy training schedules indicate that live and inert bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest, which may rattle windows in Palm Coast and Flagler County. The schedule is as follows:

  • Friday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert
  • Saturday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert
  • Sunday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert

During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise measures. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla.big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:

  • Friday: Chick-Fil-A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: Epic Theaters, Palm Coast, 1185 Central Ave., noon to 6 p.m.

Announcements:

None.

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

No events of note.

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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May 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway. (note the venue change: it had previously been scheduled at the Government Services Building). The task force will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at the library through November.
May 29: The Blue Power 2020 forum, hosted by Mike Cocchiola, who heads the Flagler County Democratic Party, meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D, all welcome. The weekly forum is intended to discuss local, state and national issues and to develop action plans to influence policy.
May 30: Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School hold graduation ceremonies at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Matanzas High School’s ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and Flagler Palm Coast High School’s starts at 7. Doors to the Ocean Center open one hour before the start of each ceremony. The student procession begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets for the ceremonies are free. However, both schools have a 10-ticket limit per student. There may be opportunities for additional tickets. Students will be notified and information is located on each school’s website. Parking passes are also available for pre-purchase. Parking is $5. security measures instituted last year will be in place this year. Please take note and be prepared before you head to the Ocean Center. There will be security checks before ticket holders are allowed entry into the ceremony. Watch livestreams of the ceremonies: Matanzas here, and FPC here.
May 31-June 1, 2 and 8: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class – May 31-June 2 and June 8, Friday 5-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. For ages 15 and up. Cost is $200 (includes CPR mask and certification fee). Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/aquatics. More info: 386-986-4741.
June 1: The Palm Coast Arts Foundation hosts its First Saturday Creative Bazaar, an arts and crafts flea market. at 1500 Central Avenue in Town center. Arts foundation members and other vendors will have booths of goods for sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 1: 2nd Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Golf Benefit for Homeless Animals: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a local group of business professionals coming together to raise money for the Halifax Humane Society. Join us for 18-holes of premiere golf at the legendary LPGA International Golf Club. Shot gun start at 8 a.m. Registration at 7. 1000 Champions Drive Daytona Beach. To download entry form, visit https://www.halifaxhumanesociety.org/events/index and then scroll down to the golf outing listing. Hole Sponsorship $100. Single Player $125. Lunch Provided. For more information contact Gus Schutt (386) 233-5302.
June 4: Daytona Tortugas Youth Baseball Clinic, 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. The Daytona Tortugas will be teaching kids, ages 7-13, skills to improve their ball game in this coed baseball clinic. Grab your glove and bat and learn from the pros! Participants will receive a free ticket to a Daytona Tortugas game. $37/person. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 4: The Hammock Community Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center on MalaCompra Road, with County Attorney Al Hadeed as speaker, who will present a History of the Hammock Part II.
June 5: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D. Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
June 7: Coffee Series: 9-10 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. This month’s topic: “The History and Development of Palm Coast” with Elaine Studnicki of the Palm Coast Historical Society. The event is free, but registration is required (while space available) by 9 a.m. June 5: www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 7: Daytona State College holds another session in its strategic planning process for 2020-2023 and wants your ideas and insights about initiatives the college might pursue during that timeframe. The session is from 9 to 10 a.m. at DSC's Hosseini Center, in the ballroom, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach. Interactive focus groups are scheduled on each campus, starting at the end of April and ending the second week of June. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend and participate. Plan to attend and share your vision for DSC’s future. To participate, bring your mobile device (cell phone, tablet, etc.). For more information, contact Dr. Karla Moore, (386) 506-3650, Karla.Moore@DaytonaState.edu; or John Brady, (386) 506-3837, John.Brady@DaytonaState.edu.
June 8: The 2019 Flagler County Republican Club's annual barbecue is scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. at Caldwell Dairy Barn at the Florida Agricultural Museum, 7900 Old Kings Road, $20 per ticket, $35 for couples, with a live auction. Be sure to get your cookbook out and slip on your apron if you're taking part in the 3rd Annual Blue Ribbon Cake & Pie Contest. One of the most anticipated competitions of the year, bakers tempt celebrity judges with their skill and guests get to enjoy sampling the entries! Enjoy tours of the museum's grounds and historic buildings from 4-6 pm, followed by food, music and live auctions in the evening.
June 10-14: Tennis Summer Camp (Session 1) – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4pm. at Belle Terre Park, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Tennis and so much more! Please come with athletic clothes and shoes, swimsuit (for the pool), water bottle, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and drinks. For ages 6-13 years. $175/week. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2550.
June 10: Daytona State College holds another session in its strategic planning process for 2020-2023 and wants your ideas and insights about initiatives the college might pursue during that timeframe. The session, the only one in Flagler, is from 9 to 11 a.m. at DSC's Student Center Building on the Palm Coast campus, Room 106. Interactive focus groups are scheduled on each campus, starting at the end of April and ending the second week of June. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend and participate. Plan to attend and share your vision for DSC’s future. To participate, bring your mobile device (cell phone, tablet, etc.). For more information, contact Dr. Karla Moore, (386) 506-3650, Karla.Moore@DaytonaState.edu; or John Brady, (386) 506-3837, John.Brady@DaytonaState.edu.




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Cultural Coda

Edith Mathis’s Creations

The great German Soprano Edith Mathis turns 80 Sunday. Deutsche Grammophon is celebrating the occasion with a big box set of seven CDs and nearly 200 tracks. And here she is in a complete performance of Haydn’s Creation, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Peter Schreier, himself a tenor and an old colleague of Mathis’s, with great recordings of Bach’s cantatas under the direction of Karl Richter.

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