To kick-off a month-long celebration of Women’s History, make plans to stop by the Goldsboro Museum located at 1211 Historic Goldsboro Boulevard in the Historic Goldsboro section of Sanford, Florida.   Spearheaded by a woman named Francis Oliver in 2009, a group of community leaders created The Goldsboro West Side Community Historical Association, Incorporated. Their mission was to celebrate and preserve the history of Goldsboro.  Mrs. Oliver single-handedly collected the town’s history gathering pictures, artifacts, documents and more for over 40 years.  The Goldsboro Museum was born in 2011 on the 100th anniversary of the Town’s 1911 founding.  Using her retirement income from thirty years of service as an educator, Mrs. Oliver initiated funding for the Goldsboro Museum. Members of the community began donating items previously kept in their families for generations and made financial contributions to the museum.  Francis Oliver made her-story while preserving history and protecting a legacy. Goldsboro was founded as the second oldest African-American city in Florida after Eatonville more than 125 years ago.  A visit to Historic Goldsboro is well worth the trip.  Find details at

Only a three and one half hour drive from Orlando, the city of Miami Gardens is the springtime meeting place for some of the coolest music fans and the hottest music makers.  Over fourteen years Jazz in The Gardens (JITG) has grown from a weekend music festival into a supreme travel experience.   Staged at the Hard Rock Stadium, JITG includes food and merchandise vendors, gallery and inter-active art, souvenir stops, and community resources.  The South Florida destination also includes scenic beaches, an abundance of shopping venues, world-class golf courses, five-star restaurants and other attractions making it a worthy contender for a spot on your bucket list for travel.  This year’s lineup includes Teddy Riley & Friends featuring Blackstreet with Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, Bobby Brown, and Doug E. Fresh with special guests En Vogue and Jagged Edge, Stephanie Mills, The O’Jays, Black Violin, Tye Tribbett, and the Jazz in the Gardens All-Stars with Maysa, Chieli Minucci, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, and Nelson Rangell, all hosted by comic Rickey Smiley. Grammy-winning, superstar Lionel Richie who festival fans had recurrently requested and long-time fan favorite Brandy are this year’s headliners.  JITG Kick-off activities on Thursday, March 7thwill include a Film, Music and Art Conference and an Opening Night party with the infamous Sugar Hill Gang.  On Saturday, March 9thand Sunday, March 10th, parking lots will open at 2:00 pm and gates will open at 3:00 pm. For more information about Jazz in the Gardens 2019 including ticketing, visit


About the Author

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista.  The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on.  Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”


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