December News

Matanzas Voices

December 2017


Friends,

Suffice to say, it's been quite a year for Matanzas Voices.

First: we’re officially official! After collecting our first five interviews by way of the Matanzas Riverkeeper and a seed grant from the Florida Humanities Council, we got the green light to develop as our own project under the Friends of Matanzas, Inc. Friends of Matanzas is a community-organized advocate for the Matanzas River, and we can’t think of a better sponsor for Voices, whose mission is to document life and work along our river. Drop us a line if you'd like to learn more about Friends of Matanzas and how you can get involved.

We made our debut last spring at an event at the Council on Aging. Attendees gave us lots of great feedback, insight and ideas, for which we’re humbled and grateful. The responses I got from folks speak to a strong sense of place: "Our environment is now changing very quickly," one attendee told me. "It's nice to hear the past so we know how we must protect it into the future." I couldn't agree more.

This year also brought us a tremendous opportunity to grow Matanzas Voices. A generous donor has pledged to match every dollar you give up to $25,000. That means for every $50 you gift, we receive $100, every $100 = $200, and so on. We have big plans for the year ahead and are grateful to everyone who has chipped in so far. But we still need your help in meeting our fundraising goal.

It’s also been a sobering year. With two hurricanes in eleven months, our communities are thinking hard about the climate’s “new normal,” adaptation, and the precariousness of living along Florida’s rapidly developing coast. Nothing illustrated this more for us than the loss of the Matanzas Innlet Restaurant, a beloved icon in Summer Haven. Only a few months after we interviewed Marian Kimrey—whose parents built the eatery in the 1950s—Hurricane Matthew stomped in and crippled the restaurant. It was bulldozed in July.

In the year ahead, we’ll dive deeper into the people, places, and histories that make our region unique. Stay tuned for updates on projects, events, and exhibits we have in the works...we’re so excited we can hardly stand it.

Happy holidays! 

Kind regards from the Matanzas,

Anna Hamilton
Project Director
Matanzas Voices
www.matanzasvoices.com

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Fundraising Alert!

A generous donor has pledged tomatch every dollar we can raise up to $25,000 until December 31st. If you like what we're doing, consider chipping in to help us meet our goal!

You can make a tax-deductible donation online, via snail mail,  or make a monthly pledge via Patreon(which also gets you behind the scenes exclusives). Get to know your river and support Matanzas Voices!

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In memoriam: Matanzas Innlet Restaurant

Hurricane Matthew crippled Summer Haven's iconic Matanzas Innlet Restaurant in October 2016. It was demolished in July 2017. 

Marian Kimrey's parents built and operated the beloved eatery in the 1950s. Check out her interview to learn more about this icon's vibrant past. "If I had a nickel for every shrimp I ever cleaned or breaded," Marian says, "I'd be the most wealthy person."

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Your Voice on: Food

We're still on the hunt for your ideas about food traditions of the Matanzas. Whether they're oyster roasts, Minorcan clam chowder or takeout on your porch, we're all ears! MatanzasVoices@gmail.com

November News

Matanzas Voices

November 2017

Friends,

When I started Matanzas Voices, I didn't know what the future would hold. I didn't know if it would work, if anyone would like it, or if it would be sustainable.

What I did know is that it was an important project, that our Matanzas River's story is unique and deserves to be told.

So here we are, on the ground documenting the stories of people whose lives and work have shaped our northeast Florida coastal communities. In just the past month, I've recorded stories of floods and buried treasure, Florida Cracker cattle, shrimp boats, and artesian springs. I'm so looking forward to breathing life into our local history—and sharing it with you.

On our radar this November: we're growing Matanzas Voices, and hope you'll consider supporting the project! A generous donor is willing to match every dollar you give (up to $25,000) from now through December 31st. Read on to learn more!

We're also rolling out some new material, which I invite you to explore. Today we're unveiling our "Storms" feature, which serves as a memory bank of residents' experiences in major storm events. This month, boat captain Adam Morley comes face to face with Hurricane Matthew. Words to the wise: don't try this at home.

We're happy to have you with us.

Kind regards from the Matanzas,

Anna Hamilton
Project Director
Matanzas Voices
www.MatanzasVoices.com

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Fundraising Alert!

A generous donor has pledged tomatch every dollar we can raise up to $25,000 from today through December 31st. We need your help! If you like what we're doing, consider chipping in to help us meet our goal.

You can make a tax-deductible donation online, via snail mail,  or make a monthly pledge via Patreon(which also gets you behind the scenes exclusives). Get to know your river and support Matanzas Voices!

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New Feature: "Storms"

Floridians are still reeling from hurricane damage, first from Matthew in October 2016 and Irma in September 2017—which is why we're unveiling a "Storms" feature to document the fallout from major storm events as they impact our region.

In our first installment, Adam Morley does everything you're not supposed to do: kayaks straight into Hurricane Matthew. 

"It was definitely one of those 'don't try this at home' stories," Adam says. "But I'd never listen to those warnings." 

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Voices Spotlight: Frankie Pacetti

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New to Voices? Dive into our archives to explore our interviews—like this one, with Frankie Pacetti. Frankie is a Minorcan descendent with deep connections to St. Johns County. She spent many weekends at her family's fish camp on Pellicer Creek, where she now lives full time.

"Everybody would come down on the weekends and go fishing and everybody would get together as a group," Frankie says. "When you're a kid you don't appreciate what you've got.”

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Your Voice On: Food

Each month, we want to hear from you about specific themes and topics. We'll incorporate your ideas as we move forward!

This month: what are some of your food traditions?

Let us know:
MatanzasVoices@gmail.com