Chef de Chemin de Fer G. Pat Beamer's Home Coming

Updates on What's New! (As of May 1)
This event is over. We would like to thank all who attended and worked. You made the 2014 Dixie a success.

The Mayor of Crystal River, FL and The Board of Commissioners of Citrus County Proclaimed the week of April 20-27, 2014 "The Society of the 40&8 Week".

This website will remain active until March 15, 2015. It will continuously be updated and our "Supporting Sponsors" advertisements will remain on it. Please feel free to support them. 

Welcome Forty and Eighters
We hope you will attend and enjoy yourself
Grande Du Florida is looking forward to being your host for this exciting event

Florida Southland's Dixie Promenade 2014 Inc.


John Gore - Corporation President (352) 746-6310
John Kaiserian - Treasurer (352) 746-1959
johnk40and8@yahoo.com (Registration Chairman)
Tom Smith - Secretary (352) 601-3612
troopertom@att.net (Advertisement & Web Manager)



April 24 to 26, 2014 at Plantation on Crystal River
9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River Florida 34429 
(352) 795-4211 (800) 632-6262

**Please call the above hotel directly for room reservations**
All events will be held at Plantation on Crystal River



Schedule of Events


This event is over
Thursday April 24, 2014
8AM-6PM Registration (Lobby of Plantation)

12 Noon until ? Hospitality Room Open Sable AB

6:30PM-8PM Early Bird Party

Friday April 25, 2014

8AM-6PM Registration  (Lobby of Plantation)
9:30AM Tours/Activities Free Time

10AM-12 Noon Bingo Games for Dames and Guests Hospitality Room (Complimentary)

10AM Time & Place Committee Magnolia Room

10:30AM Resolutions Committee Magnolia Room 

11AM until 11PM Hospitality Room Open Sable AB

12 Noon Show 1PM Tee Time Golf Tournament Plantation  18 Golf Course
2:30PM-3:30PM Meet & Greet Grande Chefs & La Presidentes
6:30-8:00PM BBQ & Beer on Point (outside) Conference Center (inclement weather)

Saturday April 26, 2014

9-11AM Business meeting

11AM until ? Hospitality Room Open Sable AB (Grand du Tennessee is Host)

2PM-3:30PM Reception for Chef de Chemin de Fer & La Presidente Nationale 

6:30-11PM Banquet Dinner/cash bar *

*Chef de Chemin de Fer G. Pat Beamer's Homecoming festivities will commence at end of Southlands Banquet.

Note! Hospitality Room will be closed for Banquet 



                                                              ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT PLANTATION ON CRYSTAL RIVER
                                                     It would be to your advantage to stay there




When you have down time...

Come and enjoy the Florida Sunshine!  Pack your bags for a couple extra days to enjoy all the activities available right on site at the Plantation on Crystal River Resort and local attractions.


    27 holes of golf on site   ( $25 per person plus tax and includes cart for 18 holes) Call 352-795-7211 for tee times and mention Southland Dixie Event 
0 other courses within 30 minutes of Plantation. Examples: Tom Fazio’s World Woods, Pete Dye’s Southern Hills and, John Sanford’s Juliette Falls, Skyview and many more


    Saltwater and Fresh Water Fishing ( April is great month for cobia, trout, grouper, redfish and Spanish mackerel ) Captains leave from the seawall at Plantation on Crystal River  Cost is $400 for 1-4 people  and it is a 5 hour trip ( 8AM – 1PM or 9AM – 2PM)

           ***Call the Plantation Adventure Center at 352-795-5797 to arrange your charter***


    Swim with the Manatee!  It’s the only place in the world you can interact with the manatee in their natural habitat. 55.00 per person includes mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit. Tour starts at 7:30AM – 11AM 

     Enjoy the Tiki bar and the 96,000 gallon lagoon style pool along the banks of King’s Bay



    Kayak , Canoe, Jon Boat  and Pontoon Rentals (10% off Monday thru Friday) at the Plantation

    One Hour River Tours run daily  2:30PM – 3:30PM form the Plantation Adventure Center $15 per person plus 6% tax

     Sunset Cruises run daily according to sunset- 90 minute tour leaves from the Plantation Adventure Center- $20 per person plus 6% tax    

    Rainbow River Drift Tour:  Snorkel or Scuba  1PM – 4PM Daily- $39.95 per person includes tanks and weights. Plus 6% tax- Mask, Fins, Snorkel and Wetsuit rental $20 per person plus 6% tax
          ***Call the Plantation Adventure Center at 352-795-5797 for reservations***

Other Hotel Specialties

    Full Service AVEDA  Spa on site at Plantation  Tuesday - Saturday Call 352-795-1464 to make your appointment

Make appointment 30 days or more in advance and receive a discount on your services

    Tennis – On site at Plantation- 2 Hard Courts – open court time is complimentary

If you reserve a court – cost is $20 per court per hour plus 6% tax

    Complimentary Lawn activities: Lawn Croquet, Shuffle Board & Horseshoes

Other Local Places to Visit:

     City of Crystal River:  A quaint little city located on the Crystal River which flows west to the Gulf of Mexico http://www.crystalriverfl.org/

    Shoppes of Heritage Village:    Only 2 miles from hotel  - Unique shops and boutiques http://www.theshoppesofheritagevillage.com/

    The  Homosassa Wildlife Park:   Only 5 miles south of Plantation  $13 per adult www.floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings

    State Archeological Site at Crystal River:  Only 4 miles from Plantation.   A National Historic Landmark, this 61-acre, pre-Columbian, Native American site has burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area and a substantial midden.  Cost is $3 per vehicle of 1-8 guests.    www.floridastateparks.org/crystalriverarchaeological

    Visit this site for other area things to do!  www.VisitCitrus.com

Enjoy your stay!

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