“Party in the Park”

Party in the Park by Morningside Church!

This was a really nice event, not to mention a FREE event. Real free, not fake free, lol. Everything was actually free, even the food! There were a lot of people, lots of activities for kids, a great car show, great singing and a cool doggy that only drinks bottled water!

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 As soon as I walked towards the event I was drawn to the cars! Beautiful cars and some that were very “different”! One car was so small, I tried to imagine the size of the people who drove it. The tires were as thin as bicycle tires and the width made me think only two teens could comfortably sit in it.

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While thinking of the car owners, I lost focus because in the corner of my eyes I saw lots of people wearing green t-shirts walking on the stage. In there hands were signs that stated an issue each person faced. I was curious to find out what was going on so I walked towards the stage and started snapping photos. A song played in the background and soon after, everyone turned their sign over and on the cards were the words “In His hands”, “In God’s Hands”, “Restored”, etc. It was beautiful!

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I walked around for a bit more, snapped more pictures and did some chatting before it was time for me to leave for another event! To view the rest of the photos, click here!

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Michael Baisden “Mix Business with Pleasure” Tour

This Thursday was the most entertaining girls night out ever!

We attended the Michael Baisden “Mix Business with Pleasure” event at the Port St Lucie Civic Center, presented by 104.7 the Flame. He touched on many topics, but of course the most enlightening had to be sex and relationships. Most of the points I agreed with, but I couldn’t agree with the idea that “ALL MEN CHEAT” and women should just accept that. I did appreciate his point of view that all marriages and relationships should do what works for them. There are open relationships, monogamous relationships, relationships where women allow men to be free while the woman would remain faithful, etc. Basically, reiterating that people should do what works for them.

Maybe the fact that I have been married for nearly 10 years, is the reason I am not accepting of the idea that all men will step outside the relationship. I would like to believe my husband never cheated. No one can ever be completely sure, but he never gave me a reason to believe he has. Am I (are women) really supposed to brace myself (themselves) for a future of infidelity? If a man is allowed to cheat, is he accepting the idea that his woman will do the same?

Treasure Coast Seafood Festival

Post for my locals!

This Saturday was the Treasure Coast Seafood Festival at the Civic Center, which was really more like a gathering. Usually I’m not so “candid” about city events, but after seeing the turn out, I felt I should voice post my opinion.

This area is not as dull as it used to be. Every week there are a variety of events taking place. A lot of the people coordinating these events don’t want to or maybe can’t afford to invest in advertising, just little banners on some streets that most people don’t notice (I do because collecting info is my hobby, lol). After visiting a few of the latest unsuccessful events, I decided no longer will I stop myself from writing what I really thought. Maybe one of the planners or those in charge of “freeing up the budget” would read this and make some changes. Now, here are my ideas:

  1. Send the information to me in advance (pretty much, as soon as you decide you’re going to have it), not two days prior. We offer FREE event and business listings, use it!
  2. For a nominal fee, I will advertise your event. I will post it on the websites I am affiliated with, on my website, newsletters, etc.
  3. Create a Facebook event about it. As much as you may dislike Facebook, it’s pretty helpful in getting the word out. Someone will read it and likely tag me or another local listing website in it!
  4. No one is saying you have to purchase billboard space, but as you can see, lawn signs aren’t really helping the cause! There are already a lot of people in this area who barely notice when the yellow school light is blinking and it’s time to drive 20 MPH, what makes you think people are focusing on a small sign on the ground? Unless it says “yard sale”, don’t expect to grab a lot of attention!
  5. There are a lot more, but most importantly…consider other events taking place the same day! This is not the first time I’ve mentioned this! One of the biggest complaints I get is “why are they having this event on that day?” I have to remind people that my website it privately owned and I do not work with or for the city. Therefore, I cannot control when they decide to host an event!

Simply changing the date of an event can save planners the embarrassment and vendors from disappointment. For every 100 invites, expect maybe 20 – 50 of those people to show up…divide that by 2 – 4 if your event is schedule the same day as many others! It’s not a wedding, people don’t need to RSVP, nor do they have any responsibility to show up. If you choose a day when there’s not much else going on, you’ll have one heck of a festival!

I was sooooo looking forward to having some delicious seafood, but I ended up just spending less than 20 minutes there. 😦 The band was great though!

I wasn’t going to add pictures, but they prove my point, so click and check them out!!!

Memorial Day 2011

Yesterday, I went to the ‘Take Time to Honor’ memorial site in Tradition, Port St Lucie. As I mentioned on Facebook, this was bittersweet. I really wanted to visit on a day when speeches wouldn’t be held and there would be no crowd, so it was the perfect time. I could view the area quietly, think about the sacrifice these men and women made and imagine what it would be like to hear them chit chatting today. I know, I’m a strange thinker. Standing there surrounded by 2,700 markers I stared at some of the crosses, a few seconds of day dreaming. As beautiful as the memorial was, it hurt knowing what it meant. I read the names on a few dog tags and wondered what the cadets and volunteers who created these were thinking, while they made each one. There were a few people there, two guards standing so still at the memorial entry way, people trying to find the marker that honors their loved one and a cute little boy too afraid to get close to the helicopter or take a photo for me, but his eyes lit up when his grandma offered him fruit.

Having a website which feeds off the energy of those seeking events in our area, I was trying to find the proper way to greet people on my Facebook page. I wanted to remind them of today’s happenings and was looking for the perfect opening line, but I was so lost. Saying ‘Happy Memorial Day’ didn’t seem right…or proper, being that the purpose of this Holiday is to remember those who lost their lives in war. But, at the same time, we’re told to celebrate the lives and memories of those we lost.

Thank you Southeastern Military Academy and The Road to Victory Military Museum for allowing people like me, who never really gave it much thought, to experience something like this. Memorial Day for me used to mean an excuse to party with friends. This is officially my first Memorial Day! Out of curiosity, how did you greet people today?

View Memorial photos at http://www.SupportStLucieCounty.com

Ronda B