Thunder on the Beach Pow Wow fun for the family Reply


Feb. 6 - Pow Wow winddancer.BThe 13th annual Thunder on the Beach Pow Wow at the Indian River County Fairgrounds on February 19-21 is the largest of its kind in Florida, featuring three action-packed days of performances, crafts, ethnic foods, music and much more for children of all ages.

Enjoy the spectacle of Native Americans representing tribes from all over the U.S. performing dances in brilliant tribal regalia, singing, drumming and storytelling with Miss Judy, as well as educational seminars and craft competition..  It is #1 of many pow wows in the State of Florida and around the country.

Field activities take you back to life as it was before the first European settlers arrived and from the Wild West, with bull whip, fast draw, knife throwing and archery demonstrations, a story telling circle, children’s drum and a Native American museum. Once inside the arena, you will be treated to non-stop performances by noted Native American singers, dancers and musicians. The arena will also feature 30 artist and vendor exhibits including Native American-made clothing, jewelry, leather goods, art, musical instruments, dolls, handcrafted tools and weapons, recordings, and more. An auction of items donated by vendors will also be held.


Sebastian Clambake attracts thousands Reply

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The 15th annual Sebastian Clambake drew large crowds all three days this past weekend with a winning mix of music, food and plenty of vendors. Despite unseasonably warm temperatures (it was downright hot!), attendees and volunteers alike were cool in the shade of Riverview Park and cool Lagoon breezes.

According to Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Beth Mitchell, “We don’t have final numbers yet, but the crowds were up, food sales were up and the volunteers, vendors and attendees were up and enthusiastic. The organizers, all local Sebastian folks, have been doing this for so many years it goes smoothly without the challenges we faced the first few years with long lines and running out of food. Last year it rained off and on throughout the weekend, but this time the weather was great overall. Couldn’t be more pleased.”

Every year profits from the Clambake are shared by several local beneficiaries. This year they are the American Legion, Elk’s Club and Sebastian River High School Crew toward construction of their boathouse.

31st Annual Boat show Nov. 22-23 in Riverside Park Reply


The 31st Annual Sprint Boat Show will be held this weekend in Riverside Park

The 31st Annual Fall Boat Show will be held Nov. 22-23 in Riverside Park

The 31st Annual Vero Beach Fall Boat Show will be held on Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Riverside Park in Vero Beach.  Riverside Park is located just west of the Riverside Theater and southeast of the Barber Bridge in Vero Beach, off of Route 60.

Boat dealers and suppliers from our local area will be displaying their product lines and will have staff available to answer your questions and help you get out on the water!  From standup paddleboards and kayaks, to deck boats and pontoon boats, shallow water skiffs and personal watercraft, to offshore fishing machines and cruisers, marine accessories and services, and nautical goodies.   There will be daily kayak fishing seminars by Hobie Kayak Pro Team members Drew Mixon and Christina Weber. This show has it all! Finance representatives will be onsite. Food and refreshments will be available. Parking and admission are absolutely FREE!!  Come – bring your family and see the boat of your dreams.  Don’t miss the boat!  For more information call Laura at (772) 562-7922

Baseball championship and Jake Owen concert this weekend at Historic Dodgertown Reply


Dodgertown LogoHistoric Dodgertown and Indian River County feature a full lineup this weekend, as they are set to host both the Baseball Youth Fall Championship youth baseball tournament and the eighth annual Jake Owen Benefit Concert.

The Baseball Youth Fall Championship, sponsored by Treasure Coast Sports Commission, will include more than 50 teams, separated into 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U age divisions. Games will be held at Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach High School, and North and South County regional parks. More…

The incredible shrinking pontoon boat Reply


Ralph Poppell, CEO of Island Boats, Inc and Float-On Trailers with Tim Poppell, president.

Ralph Poppell, CEO of Island Boats, Inc and Float-On Trailers with Tim Poppell, president.

There is nothing unusual about seeing pontoon boats on the Indian River, but go over to the boat ramp and see what happens when a certain new brand of pontoon boat shrinks or expands in width right before your eyes. That is the dream of Ralph and Tim Poppell and it is soon to become reality.

Ralph Poppell is well known to folks in Vero and beyond, growing up in the family-owned citrus business. Then, in 1984 he acquired Float-On, a Fort Pierce manufacturer of high quality boat trailers, moving the company to Vero Beach in 1999 where it has become a leader in the industry. Then, a lifelong interest in politics led him to run for the Florida House of Representatives. He was elected and served District 29 from 2002 to 2010, the maximum four terms. Then he went back to his successful Float-On company, now run by his son, Tim Poppell. More…

At the Binnacle Reply


Gordon Butler

Gordon Butler


Some of us have wonderful memories of it; others will have either heart-gripping fear or the blind enthusiasm of the uninitiated neophyte:

“We can’t entertain the thought of getting a boat!”

Then there’s the best spousal objection, and the one that’ll virtually close out the argument:

(Plaintively) “I’m not going out in the Ocean in that!”

Meanwhile, you’re reliving those halcyon summers when you used to take the family runabout waterskiing or heading out with your buddies to parts unknown, exploring the islands or other places, like beaches where you couldn’t see anybody. You learned that on the water there are no roads, and you were limited in those explorations to the fuel you had and the pennies in your pocket, and your mother’s call at dinnertime. More…