Coming back after being gone for a month, there's a lot of neighborhood news to catch up on.
Turning 80 is a big deal, and friends and family of Plum Taylor wanted to make sure she remembered hers.
About 15 family and close friends gathered Tuesday at the Fishermen's House in Cortez to celebrate the special day of the longtime resident of the historic fishing village.
"It was wonderful," Plum said. "We had a great party."
The landmark day sort of snuck up on her.
"When I was copying everyone's birthday to a new calendar I was in shock when I saw "Plum-80" written down," said Plum, who was married to Alcee Taylor for many years before he passed.
Cortez resident and artist Linda Molto made all the arrangements and said everyone enjoyed themselves.
"It was a rollicking good time," Molto said.
Speaking of Cortez, Amara Nash, supervisor of the Florida Maritime Museum on 119th Street West said they are getting ready for its "Creatures of the Deep, Maritime Mythologies" exhibit.
The opening reception is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Reservations are requested. The exhibition will last until Nov. 22, and there will be special events held throughout that period.
For information and reservations, call 941-708-6120.
Jack and Natalie Mineo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows Sept. 26 at Holy Cross Manor in Palmetto.
Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant officiated.
Another fun event for the family is the St. Joseph Catholic School Carnival Spectacular for three days starting Oct. 3. There will be carnival rides, games, food and live entertainment every day.
Wristbands for unlimited ride access are on sale at the school office, 3100 26th St. W. For more information call 941-756-3732.
The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 will hold a Military Collectors' Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.
More than 22 collectors and vendors from around the state will have collectables, war memorabilia, field gear and weapons for sale, trade or swap at the post building, 2000 75th St. W.
Jerry Mathis, swap meet promoter, said several vintage vehicles will be displayed, including a World War II jeep and a 2 1/2-ton truck used to transport armed infantry and supplies.
There also will be antique and collectible weapons from the American Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War.
Admission is $3 and a barbecued chicken, cole slaw, and baked beans dinner will be available at $8 per person.
For more information, call Mathis at 941-545-4974.
Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with "Nudi's Neighbors" every Friday. Reach him at email@example.com.