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Check out the Pine Street Jam & Parrot Head Party

Looking for something to do in downtown Inverness, Florida? With August just about here, you might be starting to feel some of that late-summer boredom where you’re just not sure what to do. If going for a swim has gotten boring, mark the Pine Street Jam & Parrot Head Party on your calendar. Coming up on August 6th, it’s sure to give you and your loved ones and fun night of music, food, and entertainment downtown.
live music - Pine Street Jam

What are the event details?

The party takes place on a Saturday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Pine Street and Old Main Street. Wander down the sidewalk and view sights such as street performers, an ugly Hawaiian shirt contest, and a Jimmy Buffet tribute band known as The Caribbean Chillers. Enjoy special deals at local pubs and restaurants and go on a selfie scavenger hunt. There is something for everyone at the Pine Street Jam!

Remember to leave coolers and pets at home for this event. There will be food and drinks onsite, alongside any of the many entertaining shows, performers, games, and more. However, the kids can have a blast too at the Pine Street Jam & Parrot Head Party’s Kid Zone. Don’t forget to take part in this annual event in historic downtown Inverness.

Celebrate the Inverness Patriotic Evening at Lake Henderson

Fireworks - July 4th - Inverness Patriotic Evening

Can’t believe it’s already June? Soon it’ll be July, and in Inverness, July always starts off with a bang thanks to the local Independence Day celebration. It’s not too early to start making plans for the whole family to attend the Inverness Patriotic Evening event in Liberty Park, where a professional fireworks display will be arranged over scenic Lake Henderson for a summer evening filled with wonder and excitement.

The day is Sunday, July 3rd, the night before the Fourth of July. The time will go from 5pm to 10pm, when visitors are encouraged to come to Liberty Park at 286 North Apopka Avenue. The display will also be visible from Wallace Brooks Park at 328 East Dampier Street. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted, but no tents, canopies, umbrellas, coolers, or personal fireworks will be allowed on the premises.

In addition to the fireworks show, the event will offer visitors live music and entertainment, as well as local food vendors. The display itself will begin at 9:00 PM and continue until the event concludes an hour later.

The best part is that general admission to the Inverness Patriotic Evening event is entirely free. Guests are encouraged to bring their friends and families to enjoy this dazzling once-a-year event with great food, fun music, big crowds, and beautiful fireworks celebrating the birth of our nation. Don’t forget to bring the bug spray so you can enjoy your night in the park watching fireworks over the lake worry-free.

Visit Florida – Your Best Vacation!

Miami, FL - visit Florida

What is there to do in Florida? No matter if you’re here for a week or here to stay, our state has some of the best attractions and adventures that this country has to offer. Our fantastic climate makes for a great trip year round, so you can just about always count on the weather being great!

Whether you are ready for the most exciting adventure or you prefer a more relaxing vacation, Florida is for you. We have everything from scuba diving to horseback riding and racing to classic beach days. No matter your age or activity level, visit Florida – you won’t be disappointed!

Carnivals happen weekly around the state with varying themes – Haunted Pirate Fest, ArtiGras Fine Art Festival, Carnival Weekend at Jellystone FL and more! Golfing is also a great pastime here in Florida – we watch it and play it! Many tournaments and championships are played in our state because our courses are so beautiful.

Your trip is what you make it, and Florida comes packed with the most fun that you can imagine! Thanks to Visit Florida for these great videos! For more information you can visit their website, and subscribe to their YouTube channel for more videos.

beach - summer playlist

Your Summer Playlist: 10 Must-Have Songs

beach - summer playlist

You really can’t go to the beach without a great playlist. You need songs that are relaxing mixed with upbeat, exciting songs. I am a firm believer that every playlist should include at least one Jimmy Buffet song, and the Beach Boys are a given. Mixed in are also some top hits from this year to keep you going. Here are 10 songs that should be go-tos on you summer playlist:

  • Wipeout – The Surfaris
  • Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • Some Beach – Blake Shelton
  • Worth It – Fifth Harmony
  • Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
  • Cool for the Summer – Demi Lovato
  • Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves
  • Sugar – Robin Schultz feat. Francesco Yates
  • Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet

No matter what beach you frequent this year, these will make a great start to an awesome drive. Get ready to have your head in the clouds and your toes in the sand once again! Let us know what other songs you would add below!

Winter Activities in Inverness, Florida

Winter Activities in Inverness, Florida

Here in Florida, we get to enjoy mild winters with ideal temperatures. This means it is the perfect time to head outdoors. Here are some great winter activities in Inverness to keep you active all season long.

  • Rails to Trails Bike Trail. All across the country, communities are tearing out unused railroad tracks and turning those routes in paved trails perfect for biking, walking, and skating. The Withlacoochee State Trail spans 46 miles from Citrus Springs to Dade City. Inverness is right in the middle, so you can choose whether you want to head north or south.
  • Wild Bill’s Airboat Tours. Head out into Florida’s wetlands and take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife while having the time of your life.
  • Cubby’s Art Studio. See a wonderful collection of decorative glass bottles, stained glass, jewelry, mosaics, and more all available for purchase. You can even take a class and learn how to make your own stained glass.
  • Bark Central Dog Park. Spend some time outdoors with your furry friends at this great dog park located on Turner Camp Road. Let your dog off its leash to play with the other pooches.

How will you be spending your free time this winter in Inverness?

Visit Local Parks to Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month

Believe it or not Parks and Recreation isn’t just a popular comedy show, it is an actual department in many municipalities. In fact, right here in Inverness, we have a fantastic Parks and Recreation department that, along with the Public Works department, maintains our fantastic city parks.

Take time to celebrate national Parks and Recreation month this July by spending some time in our great local parks.

Parks and Recreation Month

Whispering Pines

Whispering Pines Parks. This is the largest park in the city and has a wide variety of amenities, including a 25-meter heated pool, a water playground, covered pavilion, recreation building, walking trails, biking trails, a youth camp area, butterfly garden, and athletic courts and fields.

Parks and Recreation Month

Liberty Park

Liberty Park. For a scenic view of Lake Henderson, visit this park. Here you can take advantage of picnic tables, grills, pavilions, a gazebo, and sand volleyball courts.

Wallace Brooks Park. This park offers a fishing pier, playground, picnic tables, grills, shuffleboard courts, and has easy access to the Withlacoochee State Trail.

Cooter Pond Park. Here you can stroll the boardwalk to spy local wildlife, take in some fishing, and enjoy an afternoon picnic.

 

What is your favorite park here in Inverness? Comment below and tell us!

Share the Road: Tips for Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety

The weather down here in Florida couldn’t be more beautiful, and while all year long may seem like motorcycle season, there’s no doubt that the summer time brings about even more bike lovers to the road. Whether you’re riding in your old ’65 Mustang or a brand new Fusion, there will always be others on the road, include motorcyclists. That’s why we should all take extra care in sharing the road, and keeping in mind a few of these motorcycle safety tips.

  •  Leave a safe following distance when you’re behind a motorcycle. Collisions between cars and bikes can be extremely dangerous, so avoid tailgating at all costs.
  • Always use your turn signal when switching lanes or merging with traffic, and always make sure to check your blind spot before doing so. A motorcycle may not be as visible in the mirror as a full-size vehicle.
  • If you yourself are a motorcyclist, always be sure to wear a helmet, and always be mindful of your turn signals, as well.

Are you a beloved biker? What are some tips you would share with drivers of larger vehicles? Share them with us at Nick Nicholas Ford in the comments below!

A Lower Speed Limit: For or Against?

Lower Speed Limit

When it comes to the speed limit, there are pretty convincing arguments for and against a lower speed limit. A lot of people think a slower speed of 55 mph should suffice anywhere. Others think that higher limits, as high as 80 or 85 mph, are more realistic.

Obviously, the big argument for faster limits is time. People spend enough time in their vehicles as it is. It’s nice to be able to shave off 5 or 10 min on every leg of your commute. Higher limits can also increase the flow of traffic on roadways where people have a tendency to speed anyways. It allows those lagging drivers who only feel restricted by the law to speed up along with the transgressors.

On the other hand, the arguments for a lower speed limit are probably more numerous. First of all, it saves fuel because fuel economy starts dropping at higher speeds. And it doesn’t just save fuel for each individual, but the overall fuel demands of the country fall. Another argument is that it is safer based on the fact that lower speeds allow for greater reaction times.

In the end, the best solution is to take a democratic approach. Speed limits, like a lot of things, may be a matter of culture. Residents here like higher limits, residents over there do not.  A state-by-state or even locality-by-locality approach seems the best.

Which side do you take? Comment below and tell us.