Happy Friday everyone! The thermometer may say it's warm....but we've got plenty of cool things to do this weekend.
How about some cool collectibles? The Florida Museum of Natural History is holding it annual Collectors Day Saturday. This is the 34th year for the free event. Collectors from around the Southeast will be showing off their collections of cool stuff...from Titanic memorabilia to classic cars to Beatles treasures. The event goes from 10 am to 3 pm Saturday at the museum on Hull Road just off SW 34th Street in Gainesville. Website
Back to classic cars for a second. If you like Fords.... and Mustangs in particular... then Silver Springs is the place to be this weekend. Natures Theme Park as it's referred to is hosting the 19th annual Ford and Mustang Roundup. You'll get a chance to not only enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the park, but check out some sharp looking cars, too. The Roundup runs from 10 to 5 Saturday and Sunday at Silver Springs. Website
Also in Marion County, the Orange Blossom Opry hosts a number of country music acts throughout the year. This weekend singer/songwriter Mel Tillis is appearing at the Opry. The native of Dover, Florida has been recording songs since the late 50's. The CMA Entertainer of the Year award winner will perform twice Saturday...at 2:30 and 7:30 pm. The Orange Blossom Opry is located at 13939 SE Highway 42 Weirsdale. Website
If your love of music extends to "The King", then head to Gainesville. The Phillips Center is hosting the show "Elvis Lives" on Saturday. The event is described as "an unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey" through Elvis Presley's life. And if you're really into Elvis, before the show you can register for the Ultimate Elvis Fan Contest. The winner will be announced prior to the performance...with the package including a trip for two to Graceland. Showtime Saturday evening is 7:30. Website
Finally, chili lovers may want to check out the Branford Chili Cookoff Saturday from 11 to 2. The fundraiser is at Hatch Park on SE Craven Street in Branford. Website
Enjoy your weekend!