Local favorites, Kat and the Dawgs!
The Corner Store will have salad, wraps, and healthy snacks available!
Local favorites, Kat and the Dawgs!
The ocean is wide and free. We travel by canoe sometimes and morph to a cruise-liner occasionally. The currents have taken us to some amazing places and we've had the pleasure of enjoying the company of some great people along the way. Most of the time we have a destination b'cause we're ambitious and want to see, but we let the reigns go and the wind take us to interesting situations too.
Recently a monster has appeared in this part of the ocean, that has turned our dingy into a battle ship! And all the places we've been and experiences we've had and all the people, known and unknown, have rallied to join the fight. People that have enjoyed the ocean with us and people who see us in the distance assembling the battle gear, have RALLIED!
We feel the strength in numbers. We see the results of the love of our family and growing community. This monster is scary. We've cried at its demeanor.
As the captain of this particular ship, I cannot say enough to thank you for the weapons, the nourishment, the strength and the feeling of hope that this monster can be defeated. Words cannot describe the feeling that you all have given us: that anything is possible.
So we (Jaxon , Joe , Cyn and myself) gently bow our heads and extend our fists to expose the knuckles of respect, love and kinship to you all.
-JOE P DIAZ
Photo: Band of Misfits Aardman Animation
ALL OF THE GOOD VIBES AND POSITIVE THOUGHTS ARE REALLY KEEPING US GOING, AND WE ARE INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR EVERYONE'S SUPPORT! YOUR DONATIONS ARE SERIOUSLY AN EXTRAORDINARY SHOW OF GRACIOUSNESS, AND THERE'S NO WORDS TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE.
PLEASE COME BY AND FIST BUMP FOR JAXON
ON SATURDAY JULY 23RD FROM 11AM - 2PM
121 E REYNOLDS ST IN PLANT CITY
PUMPING POSITIVITY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT - DONATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE INCREDIBLE OUTPOUR OF SUPPORT!
WE ARE COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED WITH GRATITUDE AND THANKS FOR YOUR THOUGHTS, PRAYERS, GIFTS, AND DONATIONS. JAXIE HAS GOTTEN THROUGH HIS 1ST ROUND OF CHEMOTHERAPY AND IS TOTALLY HANGING TOUGH.
WE'RE STILL GETTING OUR BEARINGS SINCE ALL OF THIS HAPPENED SO QUICKLY, AND WE APPRECIATE (MORE THAN WORDS CAN EXPRESS) EVERYONE'S COMPASSION AND KIND WORDS.
WE ARE DETERMINED TO KEEP THE ENERGY HIGH DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS; FOCUSING ON JAXON'S COMFORT AND STABILITY, WHILE TRYING TO MAINTAIN A SEMBLANCE OF "NORMALCY" FOR JAXON'S BIG BROTHER.
PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND IF YOU ARE SENDING GOOD-WISHES AROUND, WE'RE DOWN FOR SOME OF THOSE, TOO.
WELL, IT'S BEEN WAY TOO LONG SINCE WE'VE ADDED ANY NEWS! DID YOU MISS US? WE'VE MISSED YOU.
WE DO HAVE SOME CHALLENGING NEWS TO SHARE, THOUGH. AND FOLKS...IT'S PERSONAL:
On Monday, July 12, Jaxon was admitted into St. Joseph's children's hospital for a blood transfusion. Since then he's been diagnosed with Leukemia (AML specifically). With treatment his prognosis is good, and we have no doubt that he will triumph! He will be posted up in the hospital for the next 5 months, though, and we are bracing ourselves for what's to come.
WE'VE STARTED A LITTLE JOURNAL ON FACEBOOK SO FRIENDS, FAMILY (AND ALL OF JAXON'S FANS) CAN STAY UPDATED ON HIS PROGRESS. IT'S ALSO A WONDERFUL WAY TO FEEL CONNECTED DURING A TRYING AND KIND OF SCARY TIME. THE COMMENTS AND EVERYONE'S SUPPORT THUS FAR HAVE BEEN MORE COMFORTING THAN WORDS CAN EXPRESS.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAVE EVEN STARTED A CROWD FUNDING DEAL TO MAKE THIS CHAPTER IN THE DIAZ FAMILY BOOK...A LITTLE EASIER TO NAVIGATE.
WE ASK YOU TO KEEP JAXON IN YOUR THOUGHTS. ALL OF THE BRIGHT, SHINY, POSITIVE, STRONG, AND HEALTHY VIBES YOU CAN MUSTER, PLEASE SEND THEM HIS WAY.
WE'VE GOT LOADS OF LIDS FOR YOUR NOGGIN. TONE ON TONE, CHECK IT!
JOIN US AT THE CORNER STORE PLANT CITY
FOR PAINT & SIP ON FRIDAY APRIL 29TH.
WE'VE GOT LOADS OF DELICIOUS VINO FOR YOU TO SIP
WHILE YOU PAINT !
$35 INCLUDES ALL THE MATERIALS YOU NEED,
$10 MORE AND YOU CAN PARTAKE IN OUR FAMOUS BRUSCHETTA BAR!
JOIN US FOR DJs JENKS + JULES AT
801 MAIN STREET!
FRIDAY APRIL 1ST FROM 7-CLOSE
DRINKS • SNACKS • JAMS
by: Emily Topper Staff Writer
Plant City residents won’t want to lose track of a popular event set for the first week of April.
RailFest 2016 will be chugging into town Saturday, April 2. This is the third year the family-friendly event has been held and the second time it has been hosted by the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum. In 2014, the City of Plant City hosted the event for the dedication of the rail museum.
Bennie Lubrano, executive director at the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum, said that this year’s event will have activities for train aficionados of all ages.
FOR THE KIDDOS
Like any good festival, RailFest 2016 will have the classic kid favorites: bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist and cornhole.
But this year, a name for for the museum’s bright-red caboose, displayed on the yard of the museum, will be chosen from suggestions from train-loving tots. Children who attend KinderCare, A+ Learning, Kids’ World and First Baptist Church of Plant City, as well as special education students at Plant City High School, each received a train picture to color earlier this month. Once the drawings were completed, they were returned to the museum along with a caboose name suggestion.
The caboose name will be chosen and announced at the April event, and a plaque with the new name will be hung inside the caboose.
“It’s something to involve the kids, to get them a little more involved in it,” Lubrano said. “It gives them some reason to come out and check it out.”
Kids who attend the event also will receive goodie bags while supplies last, complete with a free frisbee from CSX. Between activities, youngsters can also and have their picture taken with H.B. Plant and take a ride on a half-scale, fully functioning model of a 1910 steam engine. Built by Robert Woods, the steam engine was featured in the City of Plant City’s Christmas Parade.
FOR THE ADULTS
The event will also feature a variety of craft and antique vendors, as well as bluegrass music performances. Musician Keith Marr will be playing railroad-themed music in the museum, including original railroad songs.
Art addicts will be able to participate in a silent auction and view new historical photos from the Plant City Photo
Archives and History Center. The museum will be auctioning off prints of a painting of the train museum, in addition to a framed and completed railroad puzzle and a locomotive diagram brought in from an estate sale. A book about the railroad museum’s dedication also will be auctioned off, and the copy will be signed by museum namesake Robert W. Willaford.
“We thought we would try to do something special,” Lubrano said.
Willaford will be at the event all day and will bring along a maintenance rail car that once belonged to the United States Army. The car was first built in January 1945, and this is the first time that Willaford will present it to the public. Once rusted and faded, Willaford had the entire cart restored and repainted this year.
“That’ll be the first time anybody sees it,” Lubrano said.
Attendees will also see an Amtrak train up close.
During the event, the museum board will present the second annual Golden Spike Award, a plaque with a golden railroad spike attached. The award is given annually to a community member who has shown dedication to the train museum. The first Golden Spike Award was given to Robert W. Willaford.
Contact Emily Topper at email@example.com.
The following companies and organizations are sponsoring RailFest 2016:
-- Jarrett-Scott Ford
-- City of Plant City
-- Felton’s Market
-- Hopewell Funeral Home
-- Smokin’ Aces BBQ
-- SouthEast Caulking & Sealant
-- Lubrano Designs
-- HYDE Knife
-- Johnson Barbeque
-- CSX, Tampa office
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2
Where: Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum, 102 N. Palmer St.
Questions: (813) 719-6989
LOWERING THE STRESS LEVEL WITH DESSERT OVER HERE AT TCS PLANT CITY!