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Pink Party Benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness - Thursday, October 27th

Find your most fabulous 50's garb and join us for an evening of friendship and fund raising for October Breast Cancer awareness month. Proceeds benefit Survivors for Research.

Photos provided by The Observer

Thank you to all who participated in the Community "Paint by Number Community Mural" at High Springs Square.

A Smithsonian Institute Water/Ways 2016 event sponsored by The Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs

Artists: Brian and Margie Barkman

 January 26, 2017 (Thu) from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Opera House at the Great Outdoors Restaurant
65 North Main Street
High Springs, FL 32643


Humane Animal Treatment Charity, Inc. ( A 501c3 IRS Approved Non-Profit)  is proud to host this wine tasting event that offers you an exclusive opportunity to taste seven of the most popular wines from Eugéne Wine, a boutique micro vinification winery that passionately strives to consistently make superb wines that will exceed a wine lover's expectations.

Eugéne Wine has generously gifted our charity a more than ample supply from their renowned portfolio of wines to help us raise crucially needed funds for 501(C)(3) non-profit, no-kill animal organizations. The entire proceeds from our "Cause For Paws" wine tasting events go to these blessed animal rescue facilities who rescue unwanted, abandoned, suffering animals and prepare them to be adopted to loving homes.  Now available, advance tax deductable tickets will ensure your place at this area's biggest fun-filled, interesting, educational, wine tasting fundraiser and social gala.

At our wine tasting events we recognize that food is a normal part of the wine-tasting process so we provide a complementary charcuterie table containing finger foods that pair well with the various premium Eugéne wines.

Our wine tasting events are no pressure light-hearted, lip smacking  tasty, social fun. Attendees do not need to be an expert to enjoy themselves because we make learning new stuff about wine fun. You will be part of an interactive, educational, eat, drink and be merry atmosphere. So plan to be a part of an evening of tastings where everyone actively participates with fellow tasters, friends and others who have an interest in wine.

Every paid attendee will receive their own personal souvenir wine glass to be used by them at this event, In addition, each paid attendee will receive a free copy of, It's All About Wine the essential guidebook to further one's knowledge and appreciation of wine. Written by Gene Levine, vintner of Eugéne Wine. Additional copies are available for $10.00.    Advance ticket purchasers who reserve their place in this event at least four weeks prior to the event (Jan, 26, 2017) will receive their copy of this guidebook in the mail – prior to the event.

Don't be left out. Purchase your advance tickets now by clicking on a red button below.  Admission to this event is by donation only, payable through PayPal or by check – made payable to Humane Animal Treatment Charity, Inc, an IRS approved and recognized 501(C)(3) non-profit tax-exempt charity under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Our IRS identification number is 27-4371975.  Additional donations at the event can be made by check, cash or by major credit cards.

Donation(s) are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law; less the value of any goods or services received in exchange for the donation. Donors are advised to consult legal or tax counsel regarding their own tax situations.

Advance, tax deductable tickets are on sale now for this gala fundraising, social event. For more information call 386-454-0001 or to purchase tickets go online to

Must be at least 21 years of age to attend. No exceptions please.


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First Magnitude Beer Dinner at the Great Outdoors Restaurant

High Springs (October 4, 2016) – On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM, the Great Outdoors Restaurant will be hosting its annual Fall Beer Dinner in conjunction with First Magnitude Brewery.

First Magnitude, located in Gainesville, will be providing five locally brewed craft beers including; Wakulla Wheat, a German style Hefeweizen, Karst, a Belgian pale ale, The Tube, an extra special bitter ale, Devils Eye, a double IPA and Mocha Drift, an English Mild Ale. 

Chef Sconyers of the Great Outdoors will prepare a special menu carefully selected to complement each beer including; a Panzanella salad, butternut squash soup, clams, shrimp and scallops in a white wine and tarragon butter sauce over saffron risotto, and an herb encrusted pork tenderloin.  The evening will end with a chunky dark chocolate brownie with butter pecan ice cream and cold brewed coffee. 

 The Fall Beer Dinner will be held on the Patio at the Great Outdoors with music performed by Hannah Emerson.  Representatives from First Magnitude will provide an overview of each craft beer and Chef Sconyers will delight with a description of each food pairing.

 Tickets are $45 per person (plus gratuity & tax) and can be purchased at the Great Outdoors Restaurant by calling (386) 454-1288.

Chef Sconyer's Fall Beer Dinner Menu:

1st Course: Wakulla Wheat - German Style Hefeweizen
Panzanella salad, Roma tomatoes, basil, olive oil, foccacia bread croûtons, pine nuts, spelt grain, tossed in a creamy vinaigrette.

2nd Course: Karst - Belgian Pale Ale
Butternut squash and apple soup garnished with a bacon and smoked Gouda crostini.

3rd Course: The Tube - Extra Special Bitter Ale
Clams, shrimp, and scallops in a white wine and tarragon butter sauce, over a saffron risotto.

4th Course: Devils Eye - Double IPA
Herb encrusted pork tenderloin medallions over a white bean, eggplant, and butternut squash ratatouille.

5th Course: Mocha Drift - English Mild Ale
A chunky dark chocolate brownie with butter pecan ice cream, and a cold brewed coffee reduction.


This is an event you don't want to miss!

Folk in the Springs this Sunday

Q - Folks in Springs 2 Guys


Cracker the Box, made up of Glenn Moody and Don Blitch will be performing Sunday at The Diner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. (Photo special to Alachua County Today)

 HIGH SPRINGS – High Springs’ Music in the Park series has teamed up with the North Florida Folk Network and the North Florida Blues Society for the third annual Folk in the Springs event being held on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1 to 8 p.m. in High Springs.

 The event will bring together 10 different artists to eight different locations throughout downtown High Springs, according to a press release about the event.

 Michael Loveday, the Music in the Park coordinator, said picking the artists was a collaborative effort between himself, Cassie Keenum, the president of the North Central Florida Blues Society, and Cindy Bear, who is member of the North Florida Folk Network.

 Loveday chose Remedy Tree, an up-and-coming indie folk Americana trio out of St. Augustine, Brian Smalley, Cracker the Box and Keenum, who will be performing with Rick Randlett, Loveday said.


Cassie Keenum chose Barbara Paul Armbrecht and the Delta Dutchman.

Cindy Bear chose the band La Grange and Terry Whitehead, the former president of the Florida Folk Network and Patchwork Trio.

 The artists will be spread out in locations such as James Paul Park, the High Springs Museum, the High Springs Fire Department, the GFWC High Springs Women’s Club, Priest Theatre, the Great Outdoors Restaurant, El Patio & Cantina and The Diner.

 Remedy Tree

 Remedy Tree, a group based in St. Augustine, is made up of Gabriel Acevedo, his wife Abigail, and Xander Lynn, a principle cellist who also plays for the St. Augustine orchestra. They will be opening up for Brian Smalley for Folk in the Springs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Great Outdoors Restaurant.

 Acevedo said he was delighted when he was approached by Loveday to play for the event, especially after their experience playing at High Springs’ last Pioneer Days.

 “Michael Loveday is just a loveable guy pretty much,” he said. “I just really liked the opportunity to be able to open for Brian Smalley … We’ve been kind of watching him for over 10 years now.”

 The band officially came together about a year ago after Acevedo, who had been playing bluegrass and folk music with his brother since he was 12, broke away and began penning his own songs and developing his individual sound, he said.

 Abigail joined him on the guitar and Lynn would play with both of them after his orchestra practices, he said.

 He said it’s often difficult to pinpoint what genre their music falls under.

 “I like to call it indie folk Americana and then we have a lot of influences from old time and blue rock and even classical,” he said.

 The band is currently working on an album that is set to be released later this year. Acevedo said he has done close to all the songwriting that will be featured on the album.

 For more information on Remedy Tree, please visit their official website at

 Cracker the Box

 Cracker the Box, an Americana duo made up of Don Blitch and Glenn Moody and based in Gainesville, will be featured at the Folk in the Springs and will be playing at The Diner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 Blitch said Loveday approached them to participate after seeing them perform a couple years ago at a Florida Folk Festival that had an unexpectedly generous turnout.

 “We did both shows with Rick Randlett,” he said. “They anticipated maybe 40 people and we ended up with nearly 100 of them, so they had to get chairs and stuff. So it was very well accepted.”

 Blitch said he and Moody are regulars at local music festivals and play at Satchel’s Pizza at least once a month.

 He said their Americana sound is a conglomeration of a 60s psychedelic sound infused with folk and blues – one that is reminiscent of the Grateful Dead, as some listeners have told him, he said.

 “But then again, we do some pretty strong blues stuff and it has a different sound,” he said. “It sounds like, for one thing, even though we have two guitars mostly going, it sounds like there’s more going on. There’s a lot of overtones and things happening.”

 For more information on Cracker the Box, visit their Facebook page at

 Rick Randlett

 On Feb. 9, 1964, an unknown band made up of four shaggy-haired British young men appeared on The Ed Sullivan show.

 The lyrics of their song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” were almost drowned out by the shrieks of girls in the background. But they were just loud enough to start a phenomenon.

 Hundreds of miles away, a little boy named Rick Randlett sat in front of his TV and tuned in.

 “And really from that point on, there was really nothing else I wanted to do with my life besides play music,” Randlett said. “I’ve played ever since.”

 Randlett will be performing with Cassie Keenum from 6 to 8 p.m. at the El Patio restaurant in High Springs.

 “We’ll do a few select covers,” he said. “We always just like to make sure that the audience gets involved with us and has a good time and makes a real participatory thing.”

 When asked to describe his music, Randlett said while it is blues-based, he likes to deviate from a conventional sound that people might be used to.

 “Even though I’m doing blues, there’s always more of a melody line than some blues has,” he said. “And I tend to write my songs about different subjects than standards blues… Every style of music has traditions that people stick to, and I try to stay away from some of that as much as I possibly can.”

 Terry Whitehead

 One of Terry Whitehead’s nieces fell asleep in his arms once, and the song “Sleeping Child” was born.

 The lyrics, inspired by that tranquil feeling, convey the profound importance of stopping every once in a while no matter how chaotic life gets.

 “It’s a song that kind of describes things that comfort you and just the feeling of relaxation,” he said.

 The singer-songwriter based in Atlantic Beach said that’s how he writes a lot of his songs. Whitehead will be performing at 3p.m. at the High Springs Fire Department.

 Whitehead is part of the North Florida Folk Organization and said he was approached by Mike and Cindy Bear to play at the event. Cindy Bear will also be participating in the event and representing NFFN.

 Whitehead eventually became part of a few classic rock bands and then an Americana band.

 He has since splintered off to form a duo with longtime friend Dave Knopsnyder, who will be joining Whitehead on the electric guitar for Folk in the Springs.

 For more on Whitehead’s music, visit

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Great Outdoors Restaurant    65 N. Main St., High Springs, FL 32643    386-454-1288      © 2014 Powered by Cyber Studios, Inc.