Eric Anthony Rodriguez

Eric Anthony Rodriguez

As the month begins, the main things everyone around here are hoping for are a little rain to keep all the grass from dying and some relief from the daytime highs that still feel like summer. There are so many things going on in our area this month, and it all starts this week with Suwannee High School’s homecoming events. The Bulldog Bash community pep rally will be held this Thursday night at Paul Langford Stadium. If you have never been to this event, you are missing out. There are hilarious skits, music and dancing, and a fireworks show. Besides, what else do you have to do on a Thursday night?

Then, on Friday the 4th, the homecoming parade and the homecoming football game will be taking place. The usual school traffic delays will be amplified around 3 p.m. on Friday so you might want to avoid town if you do not want to enjoy the parade. The parade route will roll north on 129 and turn west on Hwy. 90. There will be plenty of spots where you can get a front row seat for the parade that will include both younger and older residents of Suwannee County. Then, later Friday night, the Suwannee Bulldogs football team will play against Palatka back in Paul Langford Stadium.

Next week, throngs of music lovers will be descending on the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park for the Suwannee Roots Revival music festival. Roots officially will start on Thursday, Oct. 10, but a pre-party has already been announced for Wednesday the 9th to benefit the Live Oak Music and Arts Foundation. It should be an extremely enjoyable long weekend of good music and, hopefully, nice fall weather. Donna the Buffalo will be closing out the fun on Sunday the 13th with a two-hour set that should coincide with the setting sun for an unforgettable evening.

At the end of the month, Hulaween will be rocking the SOS Music Park from the 24th to the 27th. If you like electronic dance music, or if you like to put on a costume without feeling out of place, or if you just like seeing people having a good time, it will be the place to be. Of course, there will be other types of music and an outstanding art installation by the lake as well. By then the temperatures should be cool enough to contemplate sleeping outside in a tent without having to worry about dying of heat exhaustion.

You can’t mention October without mentioning Halloween, which takes place on Thursday this year. I hope everyone buys some candy and leaves their porch lights on. At the end of this wild month, we get to set our clocks back on Nov. 2 for an extra hour of sleep that night. I think we are all going to need it.

Eric lives in Suwannee County and is a public school educator. He is an independent contractor. You can reach him at

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