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December 5, 2019    The People’s Band:  Ron Schmidt, Walter Jones,

Lisa Johnson and Tom Harrington    Ron and Walter are founding members of the band which plays at The Yearling Restaurant on Sunday afternoons (in season). Ron and Walter both retired from the University of Florida to pursue their music careers. Ron (vocals, guitar, and accordion) grew up in Minnesota, just down the road from Lake Wobegon, which may be his primary link to music fame. Walter (percussion) grew up in Gainesville, FL. He is more famous for his music in that he was born in Columbus, GA (about the time of the writing of “Columbus Stockade Blues”) and also played clarinet in the US Army band. Joined by Lisa Johnson and Tom Harrington they play a diverse array of music, perhaps best categorized as a “folk/country mish”.

Dec. 12    Blue Skies – Mack & Paula Tyner perform a variety of musical styles including swing, classic country, bluegrass, doo wop and Paula’s original tunes with Mack on bass fiddle and Paula May on guitar and banjo, sharing vocal leads and harmony.  Mack has sung in Barbershop Quartets and other acapella groups since high school.  As a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and budding songwriter, Paula May has played music professionally over 25 years and was the 2006 winner of the Florida State Old Time Guitar Finger picking competition. They may be contacted for bookings at: 

Dec. 19   Open Mike with Billy Ennis aka “Sweet William”   Musicians are invited to bring an instrument, be a part of an “Impromptu Coffee Talk”, closing out Shake Rag Coffee Talk for 2019. Enjoy goodies, conversation, music with a gathering of lake area friends.

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Author of Promise Dorothy Smiljanich visits the library

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MBCA Meeting Reminder for November 2019

Greetings, Melrose Community Residents:
This message is a reminder of the next MBCA General Meeting on Tuesday, November 12th, to be held at the Homemakers Club in Melrose. Doors open at 11:30am and meeting starts at noon. Some topics of discussion include:

  • Local events and activities
  • Melrose Christmas Parade
  • Chemours Mining Expansion
  • Future Plans – Stasia, Kate and Tom on changing the frequency and meeting times of the General Meetings from monthly to quarterly in 2020

Keep up-to-date with local happenings by visiting the Melrose Grapevine and following our Facebook page at MBCA. As always, you can contact us via email or during one of the MBCA meetings.

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Coffeetalk Nov. 2019

November 7, 2019 Bing Futch discovered the mountain dulcimer at Knott’s Berry Farm theme park in 1985 but the instrument has long been his favorite thrill ride. A founding member of Americana-rock trio, MOHAVE, he enjoys traditional music as much as he delights in pushing the envelope of what’s possible with three strings. Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele and a board full of stomp-boxes, Bing Futch celebrates traditional and modern Americana music with passion, humor and boundless energy. Known for his musical shape-shifting, Bing switches the channels on style and tone with every new song, from his roots-rock and blues originals to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Disney covers. (www.Patreon.- com/BingFutch)

Nov. 14 2PM Pete Price, Pete Hennings, and Mike Jurgensen, a trio of talented musicians who blend their varied musical talents into an eclectic mix of material from original songs, obscure covers, to well-known standards. With Price on guitar and bass, Hennings on guitar, bass, mandolin, and violin, and Jurgensen on guitar and harmonica, these three performers combine tight instrumentation with pristine vocal harmonies to delight audiences of all musical tastes. All three talented songwriters have performed solo as well as with other bands. The combination of Pete, Pete, and Mike as “2PM”, however, is a unique trio that has delighted audiences at acoustic venues and folk festivals around the state of Florida. “2PM” has released two CDs: “Keepin’ Time”, and “Let’s Just Play One More”.

Contact: Website: FaceBook: https://www.-

Nov. 21 Old Friends – John McGuire, Steve Thrift
As the name implies, OLD FRIENDS is a musical duo of Steve Thrift and John McGuire, who have been friends for over 35 years. Sometimes other old or new friends and family are added to the line-up. We primarily get together for the love of music, to have fun and express ourselves creatively. Our instruments are vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, percussion and, on occasion, kazoo. Our performances in- clude originals that are difficult to categorize, although our songs do have folk, blues, Celtic and reggae influences.

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Healthy Living Class at the Melrose Library starts Nov 5th at 10 am call Wendy Bonilla at (352) 692-5234 to register.

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Living Healthy at the Melrose Library, 6 week class

November 5th through December 10th at 10 am. Call Wendy Bonilla at (352) 692-5234 (Elder Options). Class size limited to 12 people.

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Theme for Merry Melrose Christmas Parade

A theme for the 2019 Merry Melrose Christmas Parade has been chosen, and all those planning to enter a float or parade group can get your Parade Application by clicking HERE, or by picking up a printed application at the Ameris Bank in Melrose.

This year’s theme is Past and Present.
See for further details.

See y’all there!

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Hawthorne Library Events for November 2019

The Library will be closed Monday Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day

The library will be closed from 5:00 PM Wednesday Nov. 27 through Friday Nov.29 9:00 PM

The art lab @ HAW: Watercolor painting

Mondays, November 4, 18, & 25: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP: TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Explore your creative side: Judy Harris, acclaimed Cross Creek artist, will be continuing her immensely popular watercolor classes at our Hawthorne Branch. All supplies provided – all you provide is your creativity! Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 12 students. You can sign up via the Hawthorne Events page or you can call 352-481-1920

Artist Trading Card Swappers of Hawthorne – Come craft with us

Mondays, November 04 & 25: 5:30pm – 6:45pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP: ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Join the Hawthorne ATC swap and create your own masterpieces, meet/connect with other enthusiasts, and discover the world of trading art cards! Learn new techniques with us.

CREATEspace: Knit and Crochet

Tuesday, November 05: 4:30pm – 5:45pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP: TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Gather with us to work on your projects while chatting with like-minded crafters or work on a group project to donate. Cheri is happy to teach the art of knitting and crochet to interested learners.


Thursdays, November 7, 14, & 21: 10:30am – 11:15am


Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplays, art, music and puppetry for people identifying with age 5 and under and their caretakers.

Book Club – Hawthorne Bookish Sort Book Club

Thursday, November 07: 5:30pm – 6:55pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP: ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Join the Bookish Sort Book Club for fun, food, and lively discussions! In November, we will again have our “Literary Potluck”; bring a dish (to share) suggested by some reading as well as a quote from the reading.


Wednesday, November 13: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Do you need information about court forms and procedures? The Self Help Center of Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit Court has forms and will answer your procedural questions as you fill them out.

SEWINGspace: Hand Sewing for Children

Wednesday, November 13: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  ELEMENTARY (8-17 YEARS)

Join us at the Hawthorne Branch Library for a hand sewing class for children. This class is for children 8 years old and older.


Thursday, November 14: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ELEMENTARY (5-11 YEARS)

Come to the library to enjoy science, tech, engineering, art, and mathematics themed activities!

Yoga Stretch – with Caroline Anaya

Thursdays, November 14 & 21: 5:30pm – 6:55pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Gently tweak and twist those stuck and sore places — You’ll feel much better!

FOODIEspace: Cooking from Your Garden

Friday, November 15: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ADULTS (19 AND UP)

Eat your veggies and enjoy them too!

Game Night

Tuesday, November 19: 3:35pm – 4:30pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  TEENS (12-18 YEARS), ELEMENTARY (5-11 YEARS)

Wii games, board games, card games, and more!

SHINE Counseling

Thursday, November 21: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Hawthorne Branch – AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP)

SHINE offers advice by trained counselors that is unbiased, confidential and free. Individual sessions are designed to help those eligible for Medicare understand their choices and options. Walk-ins are welcome on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Hawthorne Branch Library or call the Elder Care Helpline to schedule an appointment at another location or time: 1-800-963-5337.

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MBCA Officer Elections for 2020

The annual election of MBCA officers for the coming year will take place at the MBCA General Meeting on Tuesday, October 8th, to be held at the Homemakers Club on Park Street & Centre Street in Melrose. Doors open at 11:30a and the meeting convenes at noon. Free admission. Free parking. Free flow of ideas and communication. 

President and Secretary serve a two year term. So do the VP and Treasurer, but their terms are staggered, so the VP and Treasurer’s term started last year. VP Kate Ellison and Treasurer Rebeca Richardson will continue to serve through 2020. Directors At Large serve a one year term. The ballot includes the following candidates to be voted on by MBCA Members.  

: Tom Germano                                Secretary: Barbara Franklin

Directors at Large:
           Bobby Brown                                        Tim Parker
           Sean Connelly                                       Fran Rossano
           Deb Massie                                           Stasia Rudolph
           Linda Osborne                                      Joe Rush

Agenda items during the meeting will include: 

  • Election of MBCA Officers
  • Melrose Christmas Parade – theme and details
  • Melrose Bay Park beach improvements
  • MBCA membership drive
  • Upcoming local events


  • Melrose Art Walk – Friday, October 4
  • Used Book Sale – October 8-19
  • Gold Head Branch State Park’s 80th Birthday – October 12
  • Small Town Showdown – October 12-13
  • Quit Your Way – October 24
  • Halloween at Mossman – October 31
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