Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | February 20, 2011

Back to the Future

Well, it happened again…we had yet another amazing time in Cedar Key last Friday night and Saturday morning, followed by sharing an epicurean adventure at the Caribbean Queen, in Gainesville, with my daughter, Becca, and her boyfriend, Mark.

The last time we traveled to Cedar Key, we met with the Bruce and Roberta of Sunset Isle RV Park and Motel, to discuss details about our workamping for them this spring.

Our soon-to-be new home

Bruce issued us a challenge that day: to write a catchy little ditty about the campground, that could become its theme song and be uploaded to play in the background on their website as guests browse.

What musician worth his or her salt could resist that challenge?!

It’s not very difficult to write about something you love, and so the words and melody came easily, and last Friday afternoon we drove down to Cedar Key for a potluck supper, and to unveil the song during their Friday night Bluegrass Jam.

The Jam is hosted by Bob and Cherri, who work at Sunset Isle in the winter, and who play bluegrass music on the decks of their Bluenose Schooner, Martha White, on the Chesapeake Bay, in the summer.

It had been a long time since we had the chance to sit in the circle and play with other musicians, so we had a lot of fun.

Our song, titled “Cedar Key Rag”, was very well received, and we will be heading to the recording studio soon.

After an evening of good music, we went back to our room for a couple of brews and then took a leisurely stroll to one of the campground docks, to sit under the stars and full moon, gazing out at the Gulf of Mexico, wondering how we got so lucky.

Saturday morning, we enjoyed a top notch breakfast of homemade egg, cheese and sausage sandwiches, on the deck overlooking the water at Kona Joe’s, before walking to the beach and hanging out for longer than we should have, as is evidenced today by my bright red nose and forehead!

Cedar Key Beach

After the beach, we stopped by the Big Deck Raw Bar to drop off a business card, and then snooped around for a while in the quaint downtown art galleries, and shops.

As we were shopping, we ran into three different sets of people who heard us play and unveil our song at the campground the night before.

All of them made a point to tell us they really enjoyed our music ~ let me tell you, that is the reason we do what we do…when you can make people happy and give them a chance to tap their toes or do a little chair dance while they listen, it’s all the reward you need.

After shopping, we drove up to Gainesville for a belated birthday dinner in honor of my daughter, Becca. We had planned on dining at Ruby’s – a soul food restaurant, but they happened to be closed when we arrived, so we headed up the street to the Caribbean Queen for some Jamaican delights.

Caribbean Queen

We decided to order several entrees and share…Jerk Chicken, Oxtail, Curry Goat and Plantain…all served with beans and rice, and a cabbage/carrot side. Beverages? Ginger Beers all around!

The evening was beautiful so we sat at an outdoor table to stuff our faces. My favorites were the oxtail and plantain. The oxtail made a really nice gravy that was excellent on the rice, and the plantain was sweet, fluffy and not greasy ~ perfect in my book!

I must say that the curry goat was better than I had expected. I had never eaten goat before, and the meat was tender and tasty, but I am not a huge fan of that particular curry.

Becca and Mark at the Caribbean Queen

After our meal, Keith, Becca and I sat on her back porch for a nice visit, while Mark headed out to play bike polo with his team.

I couldn’t imagine a nicer couple of days…going back to Cedar Key – our new home as of the 2nd week in April – was heaven, and sharing a meal with some of my favorite people was the icing on the proverbial cake!

Thank You Universe 🙂



  1. […] unveiled it for the owners and their guests the last time we were down there, (previous post), and it got a big “thumbs up”, so we booked some studio […]

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