Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Event

Barberville: Florida Christmas Remembered
Event Happens: Dec 10, 2011 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

The Barberville Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts presents a Florida Christmas Remembered. The settlement will be decorated for the holidays. Music, food and demonstrations will all be a part of the festivities.For more information:

1776 Lightfoot Lane

Barberville, FL 32105


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An American Tradition - Astor Christmas Parade of Boats

Come join us for the:

Astor Christmas Parade of Boats
Saturday, December 3, 2011
at 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Located Downtown DeLandSaturday, November 12th, FREE 11am

Honor those who have served our nation at this heart warming annual parade. The parade kicks off with a vintage military aircraft flyover. It then features veterans of all branches of service, as well as military vehicles, marching bands and patriotic floats on Woodland Blvd.MainStreet DeLand is honored to continue the tradition of the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum Volusia County Veterans Day Parade.

It is our goal to honor the sacrifices of all veterans and their families in a daylong celebration in historic downtown DeLand. Downtown will be transformed into a festive patriotic display with American Flags lining Woodland Boulevard, patriotic music and activities for adults and children. We also hope to have a variety of military and other memorabilia on display.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

DeLeon Springs: Haunted Trails

DeLeon Springs: Haunted Trails at DeLeon Springs State Park
Event Happens: Oct 22, 2011 (06:30 PM - 09:00 PM)
Saturday, October 22 --- 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.Walk the haunted trail, and stop at treat stations along the way for your tricks and treats! Not too scary -- intended for the younger goblins. There will be pumpkin decorating, games, refreshments and a loot bag for lots of treats for all the monsters. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own flashlight and bug repellent.$3.00 admission fee for everyone ages 6 and up.

DeLeon Springs State Park

601 Ponce DeLeon Blvd., DeLeon Springs 386-985-4212

Friday, October 7, 2011

Chili Cookoff

DeLand: Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff
Event Happens: Oct 08, 2011 (11:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
This festive, family event draws competitors and visitors from all over the United States. The chili competition will be sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) and the chili cooks vie for trophies, bragging rights and CASI points to use for entry into the Terlingua International Championship Chili competition held annually in Texas. Saturday, October 8, 11am-4pmTaster's admission: Adults: $10.00 / Children ages 4-12: $4.00Held on East Indiana Avenue, Downtown DeLand

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Head Out on the Highway to Biketoberfest 2011!

$79.00 per night motel room

$99.00 per night cottage

Astor Bridge Marina is located on the St. Johns River and features waterfront motel rooms and cottages. Located on State Road 40, this resort provides easy access to Daytona Beach. The Ship's Store sells beer, wine, soft drinks, ice, snacks and gifts as well as manages boat rentals. The full-service restaurant and bar on site is open 7 days a week serving 3 meals on the weekends. There's lots of parking, and bikers are welcome! Offer valid Oct. 8-16, 2011 based on availability.

Call for reservations 386-749-4407

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

International Beer & Food Tasting

Event Happens:
Sep 24, 2011
(04:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Enjoy beer and food tastings from all over the world at locations all over downtown DeLand Tickets are $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the event.Be sure to check in on foursquare on your smartphone at shops, restaurants, pubs and galleries throughout downtown. Earn foursquare points, work toward badges, and maybe even get the coveted "Swarm" badge, just by checking in! Discover discounts offered just for foursquare users. Learn more about exploring the West Volusia region on foursquare by visiting:

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hungry Yet?

Elaine at the Astor Bridge Marina recommends the

Stuffed Flounder at Castaways.
Great food and a Great Setting!

Castaway your worries and let them serve you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Men will be men, even when they are fishing"

10 guys had packed themselves, bait boxes, 10 fishing poles (one for fishing one one for casting), the beer cooler, and enough beer for at least the morning session. The sun was bright, the sky was clear with a nice breeze, and there was fishing a plenty. This was real fishing.Between the beer, the jokes, and the great fishing, there akways comes that moment when someone has to pee, and like all men, convenience overtakes sensability. Guys, I really got to go, Joe said loud enough for everyone to hear. Oh no, we re not leaving this spot. Just pee over the railing, and don t miss. Joe, like most men didn t have to be asked twice and proceeding to begin taking care of business, when he noticed one of the neighbors on the shore line, watching him peeing, through they re binoculars. Joe waved and they gave him a big thumbs up. Later that evening, we received a call from our neighbor Carl, who told us that his 86 year old mom had noticed us out on the boat and was hoping that the guy peeing over the side was single or at least available for a little fun. I told him she was out of luck. I guess that wasn t a guy after all. was all Joe answered.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Visit Heart Island Conservation Area

Heart Island Conservation Area Address: U.S. 17 and S.R. 40 - Barberville , FL

This conservation area is part of the 35,380-acre Lake George Wildlife Management Area. Natural communities include basin swamp, floodplain swamp, basin marsh, baygall, blackwater stream, hydric hammock, mesic flatwoods and scrub. Slash pine, cabbage palms and an undergrowth of saw palmetto and gallberry can be found in nearly all of the upland areas. Wetland areas contain various hardwoods, cypress, sweetbay, red bay, loblolly bay and wax myrtle thickets.

The mix of natural communities provides excellent habitat for a variety of species, including Florida black bear and gopher tortoise. Deer, otters, woodpeckers, songbirds, foxes, raccoons, alligators and a variety of snakes and lizards have been observed.

Hiking, horseback riding, seasonal hunting, bicycling, picnicking, wildlife viewing and primitive camping at designated sites. Hunting on the property is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The property can be accessed from three different roads: from U.S. 17 just south of State Road (SR) 40 - parking area with walk-through for bicycling, hiking and horseback riding; from SR 40 - parking area with walk-through; from SR 11 north of SR 40 - two parking areas on the west side of SR 11.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Be a Hippie for the Day

Aug 26, 20114:00 PM -
Get out your bellbottoms and tie?dyed t?shirts, pick up your tickets, and take a “trip” back to the days when love, peace, flowers and music ruled—the 60’s, better known as the “Hippie Era.” Hippiefest at the Peabody celebrates all that was best about the 60’s with a street festival beginning at 4:00 PM and a 7:30 PM concert that will let you live it all over again. Purchase Tickets Now at, 800-745-3000, Walmart Supercenters or In-Person at the Peabody Box Office.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Larry the Cable Guy

Aug 01, 2011 - Larry the Cable Guy coming to the Daytona Beach Ocean Center August 1st - $50.00 per ticket. Tickets will be on sale May 1st via Ticketmaster

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Reasons to Rent a Boat Slip

Convenience – for busy boaters, or those who need to travel long distances to spend time on their boats, convenience is a necessity. That is why our marina slips may be the best way to go. You drive your family and gear to the marina dock, load the boat, cast off the lines and go.

Location- Astor Bridge Marina is at Great Location on the St. John’s river. Just a 20 minute boat ride to Sliver Glen. Or head a little further North to Lake George.

Security – our marina slips can provide peace of mind that your boat is safe and secure. Our protected marina is in a bay. During the hours the marina is open, you will find management on duty to watch the facility and keep an eye on your boat and slip.

Facilities and Amenities – Our Marina offers fresh water for filling your water tanks or rinsing your boat, electricity connections and a small ship store for your needs. We offer lodging, and a restaurant on site. We also have fuel service and pump out, so that you can fill up conveniently before heading out or as you come in to port.

Call Today for Slip Availability 386-749-4407
Yearly Leases start at $7.75 a foot

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Visit De Leon Springs State Park

Native Americans visited and used these springs as long as 6,000 years ago. In the early 1800s, settlers built sugar and cotton plantations that were sacked by Seminole Indians during the Second Seminole War. By the 1880s the springs had become a winter resort, and tourists were promised "a fountain of youth impregnated with a deliciously healthy combination of soda and sulphur." The swimming area is adjacent to a beautiful, shady picnic ground. Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals are available for a paddling tour of the spring and spring run. De Leon Springs flows into the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge where canoeists and kayakers can explore 18,000 acres of lakes, creeks and marshes. At The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, guests can make their own pancakes at the table. This is a very popular park on weekends. To ensure entrance into the park, we recommend arriving early.

Just a short 15 minute drive from Astor Bridge Marina

601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard De Leon Springs, Florida 32130 (386) 985-4212

Friday, May 27, 2011

9 Reasons for a Get A Way

The Dog Day's of Summer will be on us soon!
How about a Get-a-way

1. Getaways are cheaper than vacations, both because they are shorter (less nights)
2. You can go on several getaways a year, instead of one or two longer vacations.
3. Getaways expose you to fun, beautiful, and interesting destinations in your own backyard that you never knew about.
4. You can spend much less time getting ready for your getaway.
5. Gas is cheaper than flying
6. There is less pressure to relax on a getaway.
7. Getaways are easier on kids.
8. You may end up someplace you’d go back to.
9. Because you are spending less money on airfare and lodging, you can concentrate on what really matters: food and entertainment.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Coke Zero Fans Reserve Your Rooms Now!

Welcome race fans!

Enjoy the fireworks on and off the track as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to Daytona to celebrate the Independence Holiday Weekend. The West Volusia County region is just minutes from Daytona International Speedway, the beaches and Central Florida attractions. First up on Friday, July 1, the young guns of the Nationwide Series will face off against Sprint Cup Series drivers in the Subway Jalapeno 250 race. Then Saturday evening, Sprint Cup Series drivers will hit the asphalt again for the Coke Zero 400 race. Four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride will ignite the track during Saturday's pre-race concert. And after the race, fans will not want to miss the magnificent fireworks display!

Play all Day and Enjoy the Tranquil St. John’s River at Night.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

20 Facts about Florida

1. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.

2. Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.

3. The name Punta Gorda, which means, "fat point" when translated from Spanish. The moniker was given to the city because a broad part of the land in Punta Gorda juts into Charlotte Harbor. The harbor itself is somewhat unique, as it is the point where the Peace River meets the ocean.

4. Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States.

5. New England Congregationalists who sought to bring their style of liberal arts education to the state founded Rollins College, the oldest college in Florida, in Winter Park in 1885.

6. Cape Canaveral is America's launch pad for space flights.

7. Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south.

8. A museum in Sanibel owns 2 million shells and claims to be the world's only museum devoted solely to mollusks.

9. The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.

10. Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs. Given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. He was searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth. The natural springs have attracted attention worldwide for their curative powers.

11. Niceville is home to the famous Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival celebrated the third weekend in October.

12. The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater.

13. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.

14. Young aviator Tony Jannus made history on January 1, 1914 when he flew the world's first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg's downtown yacht basin to Tampa.
15. Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851.

16. Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife's stove.
17. Neil Smith and his brother of Montverde developed the first Snapper riding lawn mower.

18. Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.

19. The Saint John's River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.

20. The largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fishing Report

Fishing Report from

I have been fishing for peacock bass in south Florida. They are spawning now and are pretty easy to catch. If you know the secret. You have to set the hook just before they hit your bait. This is not as hard as it sounds because they are in shallow water and you can see them. Just throw a white buck tail or road runner or something like that and they will hit it over and over again if you are persistent till you catch it. So catch it and throw it back so it can spawn. The bass in Central Florida area lakes and rivers are biting good with some days great yesterday and today 8 hrs. of fishing we caught a total of 80 bass up to 8 lbs. We caught the fish on buzz tails,sink-o's,suspending minnows, frogs, and on little tails of the buzz tail. They wanted to catch bass on a fly rod so I rigged up just the tail of a buzz tail and the bass went crazy, we also caught some pan fish.

For more info call (407)645-5462

Good Fishing.

Capt. Dana Price

923 Beard Ave.

Winter Park, Fl. 32789

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Victoria Hills Golf Club

Located in historic DeLand, Victoria Hills lies in harmony with rolling hills and pine hammocks more reminiscent of the Carolinas than Florida. Towering oaks and native Floridian pines welcome golfers to this resplendent course, complete with unique, natural challenges carved out of the contours of the land.Ron Garl designed the 18-hole, par-72 course without compromising the beauty of its surroundings. Ranked in the Top 50 Public Courses in the U.S. by Golf World Magazine, the 11th Best Public Golf Course in Florida by Golf Magazine and rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. The Victoria Hills Clubhouse offers a full restaurant and bar, full-service pro shop, practice facility and a short game area.Seven day advance reservation required for tee times.300 Spalding Way, DeLand, FL 32724386.738.6000

Monday, May 9, 2011

Looking for somthing to do this weekend?

Daytona Shrimp Festival debuts May 14, 2011!

Come on down to Manatee Island (Downtown) for a day of GREAT food and live bands. Festivities begin at 11am and end at 10pm. General admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 years old and younger are FREE! Daytona Shrimp Festival is a family- friendly event located at 325 North Beach Street in Beautiful Downtown Daytona Beach. The all- day event will feature awesome live music, dozens of varieties of shrimp dishes and festival faire, and lots of family fun and entertainment! For more information or to inquire about sponsorship and vendor opportunities, email

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Facts about the St. John's River

The St. Johns River is an ancient intracoastal lagoon system. As sea levels dropped, barrier islands became an obstacle that prevented water from flowing east to the ocean. The water collected in the flat valley and slowly meandered northward, forming the St. Johns River.*The St. Johns River is the longest river in Florida — 310 miles. It is one of the few rivers in the United States that flows north.
*The square mileage of the St. Johns River’s drainage basin in 8,840.
*The river gets its tea color from tannins, a natural color caused by decaying plant material.
*The land area that drains into a water body is called a drainage basin, “watershed.” The *St. Johns River is divided into three drainage basins.
*Because the river flows north, the upper basin is the area to the south that forms its marshy headwaters in Indian River and Brevard counties. The middle basin is the area in central Florida where the river widens, forming lakes Harney, Jesup, Monroe and George. The lower basin is the area in northeast Florida from Putnam County to the river’s mouth in Duval County, where the river empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
*The width of the river varies. It is a flat marsh at its headwaters and averages about two miles in width between Palatka and Jacksonville. It widens to form large lakes in central Florida.
The total drop of the river from its source in marshes south of Melbourne to its mouth in the Atlantic near Jacksonville is less than 30 feet, or about one inch per mile, making it one of the “laziest” rivers in the world.
*Because the river flows slowly, it is difficult for the river current to flush pollutants.
Major pollution sources include discharges from wastewater treatment plants and stormwater runoff from urban and agricultural areas. This runoff carries pesticides, fertilizers and other pollutants into canals, ditches and streams that lead to the river. River pollution is concentrated around urban areas.
*Salt water enters the river at its mouth in Jacksonville. In periods of low water, tides may cause a reverse flow as far south as Lake Monroe — 161 miles upstream from the river’s mouth.
Major tributaries, or smaller streams and rivers that flow into the St. Johns River, include the Wekiva River, the Econlockhatchee River and the Ocklawaha River.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Get to know Florida's Black Bears

Black bears are North America’s most familiar and common bears. They typically live in forests and are excellent tree climbers, but are also found in mountains and swamps. Despite their name, black bears can be blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon, or even (very rarely) white. Black bears are very opportunistic eaters. Most of their diet consists of grasses, roots, berries, and insects. They will also eat fish and mammals—including carrion—and easily develop a taste for human foods and garbage. Bears who become habituated to human food at campsites, cabins, or rural homes can become dangerous and are often killed—thus the frequent reminder: Please don’t feed the bears!

Solitary animals, black bears roam large territories, though they do not protect them from other bears. Males might wander a 15- to 80-square-mile (39- to 207-square-kilometer) home range.
When winter arrives, black bears spend the season dormant in their dens, feeding on body fat they have built up by eating ravenously all summer and fall. They make their dens in caves, burrows, brush piles, or other sheltered spots—sometimes even in tree holes high above the ground. Black bears den for various lengths of time governed by the diverse climates in which they live, from Canada to northern Mexico.

Female black bears give birth to two or three blind, helpless cubs in mid-winter and nurse them in the den until spring, when all emerge in search of food. The cubs will stay with their very protective mother for about two years.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Blackwater Inn & Williams Landing

Blackwater Inn picturesque setting overlooking the beautiful St. Johns River combined with a lavish salad bar and tasty fresh seafood, or USDA Choice beef will make your visit a culinary experience. To complete your visit, we invite you to relax in the casual atmosphere of "William Landing" atop Blackwater Inn. Fun, Food & Spirits will greet you as you enjoy the balmy breezes and panoramic view. Before and after dinner or for a lighter fare, you can be assured of a pleasurable occasion.

Right Accross the River from Astor Bridge Marina & Motel

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ship Store

Now our Ship Store is Fully stocked with the following products.

Ice, beer, wine, sodas, bottled water, tobacco products, snacks,

clothing, hats, sunsreen, boating supplies

Stop by and check it out!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Replica Ships at Ponce Inlet

The Pinta and Nina, replicas of Columbus ships, Inlet Harbor Marina in Ponce Inlet.

Open 9 am to 5 pm daily. No reservations necessary, but admission charge. For more information, call 386.307.6835.

Event Happens: Apr 29, 2011 - May 09, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

New! Satellite Visitor Center at DeBary Hall

Satellite Visitor Center at DeBary Hall Historic Site

210 Sunrise Boulevard
DeBary, FL 32713

Directions from Interstate 4: Take exit 108 and turn right (west) on Dirksen Drive. Turn right on Mansion Boulevard and left on Sunrise Blvd and follow the signs to the parking lot.Directions from U.S. 17-92: Go east on Dirksen Drive. Turn left on Mansion Boulevard. Turn left on Sunrise Boulevard and follow the signs to the parking lot.Hours: Park entrance and visitor information are available daily from sunrise to sunset. Debary Hall is open for tours Tuesday-Saturday - 10-4 and Sunday Noon-4P:(386) 668-3840W:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Support the River

Support the St. Johns River
Florida's only designated

American Heritage River!

Buy a Specialty Tag

All proceeds go to the St. John's River Alliance

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

National Travel and Tourism Week

The Annual Salute to Travel and Tourism in America
May 7 - May 15, 2011

The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Since its establishment, the U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

10 Reasons to Shop Local In Astor

Why shop at a locally owned business first? The following 10 reasons show how more money spent at local business is reinvested in your community creating diversity and helping the community maintain or create its unique appeal.

1. Shopping local creates jobs. Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy.

2. Local independent shops invest more in our communities. Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools, and community events. So supporting local shops means a financial impact on your community.

3. Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices. Many people get out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available.

4. Shopping local saves you money. Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us all that local businesses = expensive. If you add travel, fees to transfer larger items and your time, the overall cost is often much higher.

5. Shopping local retains our communities. People don’t like losing shops and services in small towns but don’t equate this to how they spend their money.

6. Shop Local retains our distinctiveness. Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.

7. Shopping local saves the environment. Local shops often stock a high percentage of local sourced goods which do not require long car and bus journeys, helping reduce our global footprint.

8. Local shops are for everyone. Most people can get to their local shops easily and this especially important for the elderly and young people and those without transportation.

9. Local shops value you more. Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business which means you get a higher standard of service.

10. Shopping local saves services. Private and public sector services cluster around shops. As shops disappear so do hairdressers, banks, and restaurants, etc.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Welcome Lazy Daze!

Lazy Daze Boat Rentals coming to Astor Bridge Marina & Motel


Brand NEW 20' Pontoon Boats for hourly, 1/2 day or daily rentals. Lazy Daze Pontoon Boats are fully equipped with life jackets and all other necessary equipment. Featuring Quiet, Fuel Efficient Yamaha 4-stroke Motors on our Pontoon Boats

ALL Prices are Plus Sales Tax and Fuel Used

Contact: Elaine or Mike Thompson Call: 352-759-2515

Monday, March 28, 2011

Barberville: Saturday DIRTcar Races at Volusia Speedway Park

Volusia Speedway Park1500 E. SR 40, Barberville FL 32130386-985-4402

Event Happens: Apr 02, 2011 2011 Weekly Admission Prices: Adults $12; Seniors $10; Students 11-15 $6 Children 10 and under FREE when accompanied by adult PITS: DIRTcar Member $20; Non-member $25Admission prices may vary for special events Times: Pit gates open 4PM - Grandstand opens 5:30PM - Racing starts 7PMCheck website for schedule changes.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The State Beverage: Orange Juice

Whenever the words "orange juice" are read, written, or spoken, many people automatically think of Florida.During the Second World War, scientists invented a process for making concentrated orange juice. Soon, a frozen concentrate was developed that transformed orange juice production into a multi-billion-dollar industry. In 1967 the Florida legislature designated orange juice as the official state beverage.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival

Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival

March 26, 2011 9:00am-4:00pmWest Indiana Ave., Downtown DeLand

Free Parking and Admission

Athens Theatre

10:00 – 10:45 Growing Wildflowers in Florida JR
Newbold, Forest Groves Inc.

11:00 – 11:45 Bees/Beekeeping Doug McGinnis,
Co-Owner, Tropical Blossom Honey

12:00 – 12:45 Topic TBA Tom MacCubbin, UF/IFAS
Extension Agent Emeritus and Radio and television host
of “Better Lawns and Gardens”

1:00 – 1:45 Florida Wildflowers and Pollinators:
Working Together to help Promote Awareness and
Conservation Jaret Daniels, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
Florida Museum of Natural History

2:00 – 3:00 Wildflowers by the Seasons Walter
Taylor, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Central Florida

3:15 – 4:00 Growing Wildflowers & Vegetables in
Raised Beds Dana Venrick, President, Quality Green
Specialists, Inc.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Visit the Pioneer Settlement in Barberville

Settlement HistoryThe Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, Inc. is located on the grounds of former Volusia County Schools surplus property known as the Central School of Barberville (c. 1919), which was first leased from the Volusia County School Board in the year of the Settlement's incorporation, 1976. In the early years, the Board of Directors, led by school teacher Lura D. Bell, struggled to fulfill their dreams of rehabilitating the badly deteriorated school and provide enriching educational programming. Public programs began in 1982, and have steadily developed into those enjoyed by thousands today. The rapid growth of the children's education program influenced the School Board's decision to place a teacher on site to coordinate the programs with mandated curriculums meeting Sunshine State Standards. Additionally, over the years, the program has adapted to meet the growing need for FCAT-based learning benchmarks.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2011 Bike Week Events

03-08-2011 7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Joe Santana
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-09-2011 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Farrell Webber Band
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-09-2011 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Straight Shooter - Bad Company Tribute
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-10-2011 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Joe Santana
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-10-2011 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tattoo Contest
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-10-2011 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Farrell Webber Band
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-10-2011 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
357 String Band
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-11-2011 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Joe Santana
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-11-2011 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tattoo Contest
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-11-2011 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Farrell Webber Band
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-11-2011 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Seven Bridges Road - Eagles Tribute
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-12-2011 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Joe Santana
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-12-2011 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tattoo Contest
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-12-2011 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Farrell Webber Band
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

03-12-2011 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Last Child - Aerosmith Tribute
Broken Spoke Saloon
Ormond Beach

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Astor Florida History

While Exploring the St. John's River in early 1596, Don Pedro Menendez made the following notes into his diary: "We found the third village of the savages on the West bank, halfway between a very big lake and a smaller one farther up stream on a likable spot in the shade of formidable trees. The river seems to be full of goodly fish, and the forest inhabited by all kinds of birds and beasts, the meat of which is quite tasty.

"The royal botanist John Bartram and his son visited the same spot in 1765 to study the flora and the fauna of the St. John's. Upon discovering a trading post named Spalding's Upper Store, they decided to stay several weeks. In his subsequent book "TRAVELS", William Bartram devoted 72 pages to describing the area in vivid and colorful detail, such as "this blessed land where the gods have amassed into one heap all the flowering plants, birds, fish and other wildlife of two continents in order to turn the rushing streams, the silent lake shores and the awe-abiding woodlands of this mysterious land into a true garden of eden."

Monday, February 21, 2011

7th Annual DeLand Bike Rally

Event Happens: Mar 05, 2011 (10:00 AM - 07:00 PM)
The 7th annual DeLand Bike Rally is a festive, family-friendly kick-off to Daytona Beach's world famous Bike Week. The Bike Rally features a Pro-Am bike show complete with trophies and cash prizes, motorcycle drill team performances, vendors and exhibitors, live music, food, free parking and thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gathering along the streets of DeLand.The rally takes place in historic Downtown DeLand, a nationally award-winning Florida MainStreet community. Its streets are lined with a variety of restaurants and sidewalk cafes, pubs, antique and gift shops, art galleries, boutiques, specialty wine and collectible stores and more!Voted one of the 'Must Attend' and 'Best' rallies in H.O.G. Magazine.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Crusin' Downtown DeLand

DeLand: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand - Classic Cars & Rods
Event Happens: Feb 19, 2011
Cr show in downtown DeLand including music and fun!
Hours: 4:00pm-8:00pm

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Spring Break 2011

As the days creep closer to spring break 2011, the days are also progressively getting warmer. Warm weather is what we want in Astor and it’s what we’re going to get this year! As of now, the temperatures for the next few weeks range from 70-75 degrees, and the sun will definitely be shining. With this weather, you’ll be able to do everything you want to accomplish outdoors during spring break. There’s no doubt that you won’t enjoy your time in Astor.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Movie

Great Movie to Watch on Valentines Day!

City of Angels
Director : Brad Silberling
Released in : 1998
Cast : Nicolas Cage as Seth
Meg Ryan as Dr. Maggie Rice
Plot : Angels are among us and when we feel an invisible presence, you better believe they are watching you. For a Los Angeles heart surgeon named Maggie, that is too much of a stretch. She believes that it is her job to save the lifes of her patients and when she meets Seth after visiting hours are over, he tells her it's simply just their time to go. She becomes intrigued by his presence and opinion. Seth is not just normal, he is an Angel. He meets Messinger while visiting patients. Messinger can see him because he was once a Angel but gave his power up to become human. This makes Seth want to become human so he can feel, smell, and love Maggie.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Treat your sweetheart to a
Get a Way this Weekend!

Call for Reservations

2 Night Stay Plus
$40.00 Dinner Voucher to Castaways