Monday, March 6, 2017

‘Rainbow Springs’ Florida Cracker Days

Florida Crackers are the pioneers and early settlers of Florida.

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According to Wikipedia, “Florida cracker refers to colonial-era English and American pioneer settlers and their descendants in what is now the U.S. state of Florida.”

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And it sure is fun to go to Rainbow Springs for Cracker Days!

Lots of handmade crafts…

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and interesting food.

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(Maybe next time…I took a picnic lunch! lol)

It was beautiful as always! Most of the azaleas have finished blooming but there were still pretty flowers, trees and plants everywhere!

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A perfect day at Rainbow Springs State Park!

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I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.

34 comments:

Maggie said...

Rainbow Springs is so beautiful, a craft sale and a picnic too.
Oh! That's a day out I would have enjoyed so much.
Happy Mosaic Monday.

Jenn Jilks said...

I'm curious. Who were the First Nations there, prior to colonialization?

Happy@Home said...

Now that does look like a fun day and I learned something too. I thought maybe you were going to be tasting locally made crackers. :)

NanaDiana said...

Rainbow Springs really is beautiful. I lived next door to some true FL crackers and they were some of the best people I have ever known. Funny, too. I loved Ed's saying---"I'm gonna carry Mama down ta the store"......He was going to drive her for groceries. lol xo Diana

Vee said...

What? You did not wish to partake of elk burger? Hahahahaha...

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You do go to the most interesting places!

Sandy said...

It is such a pretty place. My favorite grade to teach was 4th. I always loved teaching Florida History.

Susie said...

Diane, I would love to go to that gathering. I saw some cute birdhouses. Some of the food choices are different.:):) Hope you have a fun week. It's going to be more mixed up weather here. Blessings to you dear friend, xoxo, Susie

20 North Ora said...

Looks like a beautiful and fun place to spend some time.

Judy

Arlene Grimm said...

Looks like the perfect way to spend a day!!

Sam I Am...... said...

"Cracker" is also a slang term for 'white people'...maybe that's where it came from. Maybe it was generated by the Native Americans when the pioneers showed up?

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I've only been here 30 years . . . but my blood is as thin as a cracker's, I think.

Connie said...

What a beautiful park. I love craft shows and live music :)

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

It looks beautiful, Diane. I haven't been to a craft show in quite awhile. Looks like fun. xo Laura

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Oh would I love to go to that!

Lorrie said...

What a beautiful park. It would be a great place to spend a day, especially with the festival happening.

Debby said...

The US is so BIG and diverse. I have never heard of Cracker Days. In fact, when I first saw the word "cracker" I thought of another meaning...and not the actually edible cracker. LOL Maybe that is where that slang came from.

Debbie said...

i have heard that expression in the past. i like going to events that have hand crafted items - the bird houses are beautiful!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You make me want to throw my pajamas and toothbrush in the camper van and head for Rainbow Springs! (If it were actually that simple, I'd do it ... sigh ... the older we get, the more baggage we need to take wherever we go.). Still, your area and this beautiful Park are definitely on our to be visited list. Someday.

handmade by amalia said...

This looks like fun, Diane, a great way to celebrate the past.
Amalia
xo

Blondie's Journal said...

This sounds like a great outing...very interesting. I, like you, would have definitely brought a brown paper bag lunch!

When do you head back to Asheville?

Jane x

Janey and Co. said...

What a fun day, and it looks like you had great weather. I think I would bring my lunch picnic next time too!

Sandra said...

thanks for stopping by my Cracker post. this looks like fun to me. I read several of your post below and it looks like you are somewhere in the middle of Florida, Dunellon or Ocala or close to it. I am 2 hours south of Ocala, below Tampa. your bird pics are awesome.

Cranberry Morning said...

What a fun event and fun day, Diane! I most definitely would have tried the Alligator Creole. I've eaten alligator before and it's delicious! Did you try any? :-)) Have a wonderful day, friend. You have the most interesting posts! xo

Poppy said...

What a fun festival, Diane. The park looks very intriguing, as do the activities. The menu, I'd leave to the Crackers who are definitely connoisseurs of these culinary specialites!

Happy Tuesday!
Hugs,
Poppy

Cherdecor said...

I read your post to Alan and after I read
(Maybe next time…I took a picnic lunch! lol)
We laughed so hard!!!!
We agreed that we would probably take our lunch too if we had to eat that stuff!

marcia said...

All caught up with your Florida outings, Diane. Beautiful time of the year for us, and you're certainly enjoying it to the last drop. Love the festivals.
PS I'd take a picnic lunch tool lol
xo

Jeanie said...

You are living THE most interesting life! What a great festival and it looks loads of fun!

Susan said...

Really a cool festival, but I'm not sure I could handle the menu!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Looks like a fun event Diane and the handmade birdhouses are calling to me.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, looks like a fun event. The arts and craft are a favorite part for me. It looks like a beautiful park. I may have to check out this park soon, we will be leaving Florida in a few weeks. :(

Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Lowcarb team member said...

It sure looks a fun event, love all of your photo's and mosaics.

Can't say I've ever tried Elk or Alligator!

Have a good week

All the best Jan

Gina said...

Diane, I love historical reenactments! It is always amazing to experience how people lived back then. And there is usually delicious food involved! Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!

happyone said...

That is a fun looking day. Love days like that.