The Luckiest Day of the Year

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day – a day where anyone and everyone can call themselves Irish. This holiday is a global celebration of heritage and Irish culture in general. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by most with wearing green, drinking green beer and whiskey shots. People throw festive parties, as well as lots of restaurants. Most gatherings are equipped with green decorations, green drinks, … Continue reading The Luckiest Day of the Year

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Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days 

I loved my grandparents – especially my grandpa. Our family was so fortunate to have him live with us for the last 10 years of his life.  The stories he would tell at the dinner table were priceless. My kids never knew how much they were learning about history – about the way it really was, because he had such a great gift of storytelling. … Continue reading Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days 

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Port Orange library plans events for Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month will take center stage at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle, in March. Special presentations include: “Ophelia: Florida Suffragette”: 2 p.m. Friday, March 11 Actress Dianne Jacoby will portray a fictional Florida suffragette in a one-woman play titled “Ophelia, Florida Suffragette.” The historical drama focuses on a Florida girl who shares the events that led to her becoming a placard … Continue reading Port Orange library plans events for Women’s History Month

Little Drug Company Legacy: A Community Icon

On December 20, 2021, the iconic Little Drug Company at 412 Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach shared with the community, “We regret to inform our community and family that we have served for just a few months short of 100 years, that we will be permanently closing our doors on Tuesday, December 28, 2021.” The announcement was made through their official Facebook page. The … Continue reading Little Drug Company Legacy: A Community Icon


Where owning a boat is optional. *Event and club photos taken by Jonny Nomad Media.  The Halifax River Yacht Club, incorporated as a private club on May 19, 1896, is believed to be the oldest yacht club on the  eastern seacoast that is still located at its original site. In the Daytona Beach area, it is known to be the one private organization that has been … Continue reading INSIDE LOOK: HALIFAX RIVER YACHT CLUB

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Celebrating Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it is one of my favorite holidays, obviously, because I am a mom. Every year, I try to look for different ways to celebrate my mother and show my kids how to celebrate me in different ways. So, when they grow up, I can forever be surprised with what they do for Mother’s Day.  I have this … Continue reading Celebrating Mother’s Day

Original Pekor Jewelry Store

Inside Look: Tom Cook Jeweler of Daytona Beach

All photos provided by and property of Tom Cook Jeweler At the age of 16, Vaclav Jule Pekor left his birthplace of Praque, Bohemia, Kingdom of Austria. He immigrated to the United States and settled in Columbus, GA where his brother was the owner of the Pekor Iron Works. He was an apprentice at two jewelry stores, sweeping floors and working his way up before … Continue reading Inside Look: Tom Cook Jeweler of Daytona Beach

Hunting for a Haunting: A DIY Ghost Tour of Amelia Island

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  With Florida’s discovery dating back to 1513 and thousands of years of Native American occupation before that, there’s no shortage of history to be found on our state’s lands. Where there’s history, there’s bound to be ghost stories. We’ve all heard tales of the supposed apparitions haunting the streets of historic places like St. Augustine and Ybor City, but … Continue reading Hunting for a Haunting: A DIY Ghost Tour of Amelia Island

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Historic Preservation in Our Small Town

As a young girl growing up in New Smyrna, my family was dedicated to making sure we all knew about our local history. I know having access to our local legends every day shaped my life to want to continue their legacy by contributing all of my time to unique spaces like the Mary S. Harrell Museum. This gem is my favorite place in New … Continue reading Historic Preservation in Our Small Town

One for the History Books

Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry Photos/Text by Kelsey Walters  Family Activities Near Gainesville Many people think of the Sunshine State as a land of sunburnt tourists, teeming with gators and home to the world’s most famous mouse.  Before Walt Disney settled into Central Florida and made it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Florida had a lengthy history of war, exploration and … Continue reading One for the History Books