Living it Up in the Space City!

Titusville, a small town with BIG opportunities!

The Coronavirus is coming our way!  Florida has over 150 who have tested positive with four deaths, but that is only a fraction of what is out there.  People were and are not getting tested.  Our volunteer opportunities have temporarily vanished.  They have shut the tours at the Refuge and at the Brevard Musem.  I voluntarily left the Visitor’s Desk at the Refuge because of the contact I had with internationals.  The desk will be open only five days a week and maybe less.

Dining in the Indian River Town (Titusville)

There are at least 100 restaurants in town.  Many of them are the mom and pop variety.  I have written about Loyd Have Mercy.  It was featured on the Food Channel recently.  Many of the family restaurants post their daily offerings on a white board.  The paper menu that is handed to you is just a suggestion, freshly cooked food is on the Board.

One of our favorite diners is Good Thymes where the owner personally comes to your table and greets you, almost every time.  Her personality is bigger than life.  Another hotspot is Steve’s Diner that is owned by John?

Recently we discovered Pier 220 right on the intra-costal highway. The setting is beyond gorgeous.  Outside you can dine right above the water, at the bar, or on a sandy beach while listening to live music.  Inside it is calmer with a great view of the water.  After a meal you can walk the pier and talk to people who are shrimping.

At a table. This is as good as the island of St. Croix or maybe better!

Shrimpers use lights to attract the catch.  What a beautiful site right under the bridge to the Refuge.

Lots of Activities Around Titusville

Our friend Lois was on a panel to discuss discrimination. She was awesome!

In March we were invited to a Black History Celebration at Eastern Florida State College.  Our new friend, Lois invited us.  Her daughter Tara was on the planning committee of the event.

The evening explored the life of Harry and Harrietta Moore, civil rights activists in the 20th century.  In 1951, they were responsible for more than 100K African-Americans/Blacks signing up to vote.  For this hard work, their home was bombed and both of them were murdered.  Of course, the perpetrators were never found.

If you have time, read about their lives. (Click on the link.) They were not  the only persons of color to be killed in Florida.  Florida has a horrendous history of stealing the land and the lives from peoples of color who called Florida home. Read about the Black Seminoles if you ever get a chance!

Shell Mounds of Florida

Since working as a docent at the Brevard Museum, I have become very interested in the shell mounds that are found along the Eastern Coast of the United States.  Canaveral National Seashore has many mounds and features “Turtle Mound” that rises 50 feet above the water.  Originally thought to be middens or garbage dumps, scholars now think that they were foundations of ancient villages.

We visited Turtle Mound and, on another day, hiked Hontoon island to discover a shell mound.  No one really understands these mounds. I hope to do more research and present a lecture on the topic for the National Park Service next fall!

In order to hike Hontoon we had to take a boat across the St. John’s river. Limit 6 people.

Here is what scientists postulate about the shell mounds.

This is a diagram of shell mounds found along the Canaveral Coast.

 

Music in the Flower State

This is Trinity River Band.

We have yet to find a music venue that we love.  A few days ago we bought tickets to hear a little Bluegrass excitement. The gig was held in a defunct mall cinema.  Trinity River Band is comprised of an entire family, having written many of the tunes they sing.  Of course, Tom liked the music but I felt like I was in a tent meeting.  When was the altar call going to come? They used religious language throughout the evening and by the end I understood that they were really missionaries singing about their faith.

Not a good photo, but you get the idea.

Historic Cocoa presents  a retro-environment.  Old buildings have been restored and it is often a hotspot on weekends. We went to hear Sirsy at a German Beer Garden.  On a sunken picnic table we tried to listen, but the noise of the crowd was overwhelming.  Last year at Sebastian Inlet we were treated to a Sirsy concert.  Tom really loved their music. They are a married couple who tell their stories of overcoming cancer several times. You can see the love on their faces.

Nature

Every day NATURE is an integral part of our lives.  Check out the Refuge website to view some of the creatures we meet regularly. (Click above.) The photo above is of Julia, a volunteer (paid, yes paid by the Friends of the Refuge.) ranger holding a snake.  TGO also presents Nature programs that push us out into the wild.

This Red-Shouldered Hawk keeps us company at our hut almost every day.  And, as I write this blog I am watching a couple of River Otters frolicking in the same pond that an alligator tooled by this morning.

Tourist Stuff

I have fallen in love with Talavera Mexican/Spanish pottery.  I am bringing home a pair of Manatees that look something like this Manatee below.

This is the end of my story for now.  Every day is an adventure and then some!  Be safe during the coming weeks.

As always, this post is copyrighted by Marla J. Selvidge

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