by D. OTONI
“A power of Butterfly must be – The Aptitude to fly
Meadows of Majesty concedes And easy Sweeps of Sky -”
― Emily Dickinson
What better way to celebrate Spring than with the The 12th Annual Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival? It will be held on Saturday, April 27 and promises a day of family fun featuring a butterfly house, live butterfly release (3:30 pm, weather permitting), vendors of local/handmade items, food & drinks, live music along with free, kids’ crafts. Admission is $5 (Adults), $4 (Seniors/Military/Students), $3 (Kids aged 3-17), and free for kids under 3. All proceeds benefit science and nature education in Jacksonville. There’s a free shuttle service to off-site parking at St. Andrews Episcopal and Parkwood Baptist Churches. These shuttles run continuously from 10 am – 6 pm.
I guess most every place you go, you’ll find people who espouse the amenities of their town or community. But Jacksonville surely has more to offer than most, and EU Jacksonville has dedicated thousands of gallons of ink over the years to let our people know about it. From the Saturday carnival of crafters and performers at R.A.M., to the many music festivals, along with good places to eat, the latest fine art happenings, and who’s lighting up the stages here, our publication has striven to bring people to the good things going down in the 904.
When people dare to say to me, a veteran home-towner, that there’s not much happening here in Jacksonville, I bite my lip and offer a few choice suggestions (before I tell ‘em to go back where they came from) like the Bartram Trail, the Kingsley Plantation, or better yet, my personal favorite, Tree Hill.
Nestled among hundred-year-old oak trees and rife with the fauna of natural Florida, Tree Hill sits quietly along Lone Star Road in Arlington. Quiet, that is, for 364 days of the year. But one day a year there’s a dramatic change as the Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival erupts into a gathering of shrieks of joy, gasps of amazement, music and festival fanfare that brings kids and families together to celebrate Spring and the wondrous, natural adventures that await.
Crawl out of this winter’s cocoon and treat yourself to an annual, community gathering that’s as delightful as a butterfly’s adventure. It’s a day you won’t ever forget, and an event you can brag about to any outta-town glum bums who happen your way.
The 12th Annual Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival at Tree Hill
by D. OTONI