A couple of weeks ago, my family and I ventured over to Cedar Key. I had been longing to return to this magical little shanty town that I remembered visiting back in the 90’s. It was the closest thing to the Florida Keys that I had ever seen. Visiting the keys virtually every weekend was my favorite part of growing up, so when I realized there was an area close reminiscent of the Keys, I had to check it out! I instantly fell in love!
We have passes to all state parks. I remembered visiting a park or two the last time I had been to Cedar Key. Prior to going, I ensured the parks were still there. Much to my surprise, one had a beautiful face lift of sorts! So it would be a bit of a new adventure for me.
My daughter and I were in heaven. It was absolutely beautiful. Kira got to see her first shell mound. You should have seen the expression on her face! It seemed a higher climb than I remembered. Ahhhh, the benefits of growing old!
I was able to feed my photography cravings as we visited the shell mounds and the Cedar Key State Park & Museum. The admission of only $2 per person is well worth it. Although we have passes, we opted to also pay as donation.
In route (it is a long drive) we saw signs for the upcoming Arts festival. I squealed with excitement! I absolutely LOVE art festivals! Plus, Kira had never been to one.
This past weekend was the festival. It surely did not disappoint with the endless food, wonderful entertainment, and amazing art and photography booths.
Stage? Who needs a stage when you have a boat!
I wish I was able to take more pictures. However, it seems some of the artists do not like free advertising. As an artist, I absolutely do not understand this. For the photographers, I can see why they have signs requesting no photographs be taken of their work, but for an artist? Is there a trade secret???? It is free advertising; do they thing someone will steal their idea? I am baffled by this concept, quite honestly. Then there are those who are on the opposite side, which I tend to favor;
Make note, they welcome photographs and even list all of their social sites! Now this is a SMART artist.
As an artist who also is a digital artist, I am no stranger to having my work stolen. But for artists who have painted or sculpted, I cannot see why they wouldn’t want their work shared publicly by as many people as possible. To each their own. I respected the signs that said this once my husband was gracious enough to point it out. Subsequently I had to delete at least 20 images.
We had an amazing time. The weather was absolutely beautiful. Warm with a beautiful coastal breeze. The location is second to none. Cedar Key has changed quite a bit since I first went in the 90’s. The quaint charm has sadly been replaced in spots by a concrete mess. However a visitor need not search far to see historical homes and shanty landmarks.