February Coffee Talk

  • The Melrose Center
  • 307 State Road 26, Melrose, Florida
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm

February 6, 2020 Mike Anderson – The Dulcimer Guy – is the quintessential folklorist and musician. Anderson’s whimsy and wit are always a hit with audiences. Mike plays guitar, banjo, jaw harp, nose-flute, bones, and more. He is best known as an outstanding mountain dulcimer player–one of the very best in his home state of Illinois and indeed the entire Midwest. As a driving force on the folk scene he is one of the people we can thank for keeping traditional music and storytelling alive.

February 13 Tenth Annual Valentine’s Day Show host, Bill Moran. Love songs and spoken word variety show– a celebration of love of the planet and its people with new and returning poets and musicians. A community affair where love is in the air; for all those who want to exchange a feeling of love.

February 20 Lauren Heintz “Gatorbone Studios Recording Artist, Lauren Nicole Heintz, is a singer/songwriter out of Orlando, Florida. She’s been performing professionally for only a few years, but with her skillful guitar stylings, uniquely deep voice, and award-winning songs she is already becoming a mainstay at the major Florida folk festivals and tours the country performing concerts. In 2012 she released her first album, Feels Like a Miracle. Her awards include a 2014 win at the South Florida Folk Festival singer/songwriter competition, a 2013 win at the Walnut Valley Festival song contest, and two Top Ten placings at the Will Mclean New Florida Song Contest.”

February 27 Elaine Mahon and Sam Mahon Gainesville singer-songwriter Elaine Mahon and her son, Sam Mahon, are compelling as they weave intricate vocal harmony and acoustic guitar arrangements around Elaine’s poetic songs. From mountains to oceans, Selkies to Chevys, and the Earth to the stars, Elaine’s songs delve deep into the experience. Employing seamless vocal harmonies informed by musical sensibilities from folk to jazz, Elaine & Sam lovingly deliver songs of hope, wonder and empowerment straight to the heart of the listener.

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Keystone Heights Dog Park

Grand Opening on Saturday 1/18 from 9-1. We will have an event in the new Dog Park behind Hitchcock’s in Keystone. “Bark in the Park”. The following vendors will be there:

Clay County Animal Services with adoptable dogs

Someone that makes dog blankets and scarfs

An Animal Therapist

A Groomer who will also sell doggie treats and trim nails for $5.00

The Keystone Bakery will be selling breakfast and pretzel hotdogs for lunch

Keystone Animal Hospital

Someone to take pictures of you and your Dogs, so bring your cell phones!

We will also have a 3k for dogs and their humans, an agility course, bubbles in the park for the dogs, costume contest and a Simon Says contest.

City Hall Council Members Mayor will be the Judges and our City Clerk will be the MC.

Registration is at 9a.m. We hope to see you there to enjoy the new Dog Park!!

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Camellia Sale and Breakfast


On Saturday, February 8th from 9am—1pm at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall. $5 per plate, and $1 for a single coffee! Proceeds benefit the Melrose Public Library! We can’t wait to see you there!

On February 8, 2020, the Melrose Library Association will have its Camellia Sale and Breakfast at Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Melrose on route 26.  The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  At that time, you can purchase breakfast for $5.00 per plate.  Among the breakfast selections will be a variety of breakfast casseroles, home made muffins, fruit, juice and coffee.  

A large variety of Camellia plants will be available for purchase, many of which are not found locally.  Each 3-gallon pot will be sold for $25.00 plus tax.  Credit cards will be accepted.

This year, we want to give you the opportunity to pre-order your camellias.  If you would like to do so, please click here to find the order form as well as pictures of the camellias that may be pre-ordered. The order forms must be received by January 31st.  You will be able to pick up your pre-ordered camellias at the sale on February 8th.  In addition, there will be other camellias for sale that are not on the pre-order form.  

We hope to see you at the Camellia Sale and Breakfast on February 8th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Melrose Public Library.

Take care,
Keyna Ward, Camellia Sale Chairperson

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Garden Club of the Lake’s celebrates Florida Arbor Day

You are invited to the Garden Club of the Lakes’ Florida Arbor Day Celebration, on Saturday, January 18th, 10 am – 1 pm, at the Faith Presbyterian Church, 2738 SE SR 21, Melrose (halfway between Keystone Heights & Melrose).  The Forestry Service will be giving away free trees, and Ranger John Johnson will be giving a presentation on Native, Blooming Trees.  Vendors and patrons are encouraged to participate in the Farmers Market and visit the Church thrift shop that will also be at there at that time.  Please share this information with your family and friends.

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Call for Artists

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Stress Free Living at the Library

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Coffeetalk Jan. 2020

Shake Rag Coffee Talk, Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Inside Melrose Center

307 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666

January 2, 2020       Lis and Lon Williamson  musical and life partners for about 35 years, are well known around the Sunshine State for their artistry as a duo, blending eloquent harmonies with accomplished musicianship with a dynamic repertoire of original, oldtime, jazz, swing, and bluegrass tunes. They are also members of The Gatorbone Trio with Gabriel Valla, The Driftwoods, also with Gabe and Eric Searcy, based out of St. Augustine  and The Gatorbone Band with Gabriel Valla and Jason Thomas (of The Claire Lynch Band). When not on the road, the Williamsons spend time at their home on their beloved Gatorbone Lake, nestled deep in the Sandhills of Florida, where they write and record their own music as well as produce and record music of other Florida and beyond folk artists. attention

January 9         Doctor Paul  as he’s known to his fans, is a troubadour in every sense of the word. After appearing on NBC’s The Voice in Season 9, the Doctor has been traveling on his “I Ain’t Done Yet” tour, bringing his music to as many new fans and friends as possible.  The Doctor has collaborated with some of the great names in the business, and has recorded with some of Nashville’s top session players, but it is in his live shows that you’ll experience him as nature intended: Unadorned, accompanied by only his acoustic guitar, his unique, powerful voice carried by a flurry of fingerpicked notes that pass like mile markers on a very heady trip. Visit his website at http://doctorpaulmusic.com/

January 16         Terry Smith  started learning guitar at age 8 and now plays acoustic guitar, twelve string, electric, bass and also drums. Through the years has performed at churches, correctional facilities and festivals. In the 80s played with Christian band “Straightway.” Today it will be a variety mix of songs such as Dream Lover by Bobby Darin, Country Roads by John Denver, Who’ll Stop the Rain by Credence Clearwater Revival and Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry.

January 23    The duo MIDDLEGROUND consists of Barbara and Mark Armbrecht, whose music includes an eclectic mix of folk, pop, blues, ragtime and classic favorites all of which have been flavored by Barbara’s finger picking style and Mark’s solid bass technique.  They worked in the studio recording industry for many years.  Mark was bassist with a staff band and Barbara a regular for Jamboree, UDS, a weekly live radio broadcast of country music.  MIDDLEGROUND competed in the N. Central FL Blues Competition and was chosen to represent the North Central FL area at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January 2013 in the Duo category.

January 30  Joe Mark and Charlie Robertson 

Joe Mark has performed for over 40 years at many clubs and music festivals throughout Florida. Starting out as a classical musician he now brings guitar and fiddle to stage to share traditional and old-time tunes, along with his own reflective original songs to paint scenes we are all in. 

“If you’ve never experienced Charlie Robertson’s music, you owe it to yourself. He’s like Van Zandt, Prine and Dylan with a drawl.  Charlie’s subtle poetry and eccentric perspectives will leave you sharing his deep affection for the parade of southern characters who populate his songs.” David Beede

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Author Reid Tillery at the Melrose Library


Join us at the Melrose Library on Thursday, January 16 at 2pm to meet local “Author of Promise” Reid F. Tillery. He’ll be discussing his book LZ BINGO with special guest Bill Boe. Refreshments and a book signing will follow the presentation.

About the book: In the summer of 1967 20-year-old William K. Boe entered the Vietnam war. Twice wounded during his one-year tour of duty, he endured some of the war’s hottest moments, including the Tet offensive. He served honorably, facing an onslaught of bullets, mortars, rockets, hand grenades, and land mines. Through Bill’s account, the reader gains a vicarious understanding of the day-to-day life and challenges of an American infantryman in Vietnam. This book’s primary purpose is to honor those who made it home and those who did not by telling their story through Bill’s eyes and ears. Written in the form of a novel, what makes Bill’s true story so compelling is that his experiences likely are similar to those of many other men who served in the infantry in Vietnam.

About the author: Reid F. Tillery is an avid outdoorsman who loves to write. He’s an Emergency Medical Technician, a licensed ham radio operator, a land-navigation instructor, a former Search and Rescue Technician, and a former medic in the Army National Guard and Reserves. In addition to LZ Bingo, he has written books on wilderness survival and land navigation.

The program is sponsored by the Melrose Library Association. For more information, please contact Sheree Sims at 352-475-1237.

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Winners of the Merry Melrose Parade judging for 2019

Most Original: DJ Kayak Rental
Most participants: Melrose Youth Association
Closest to Theme: Melrose Library Association
Best Overall: Florida Defenders of the Environment

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