Monday, December 11, 2017

Travel Teasers: Key West Seafood Festival, Bluegrass Fest in Kentucky, Blue Angels in Myrtle Beach, Florida Manatees, Illinois New Years

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Janet Groene's Travel Teasers
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JANUARY 13-14, KEY WEST FL. Commercial fishermen of the Florida Keys give back to community families with this annual seafood celebration.  Listen to nonstop live music. Browse vendor booths. Eat traditional seafood classics such as conch chowder and lobster bisque, or hotdogs and hambugers, Drink beer, wine or island cocktails. Admissions for adults over age 12 is $5, which enters you in a raffle for $250 in seafood. There’s a “fun zone” for the kids. 

JANUARY 26-27, LEBANON KY. Grammy-nominated fiddler Micheal Cleveland headlines this year’s Bluegrass Music Kickoff in Kentucky,  the heart of bluegrass country. Hear him and his Flamekeeper band plus other music stars for two great days of pickin' and toe tappin'. 

APRIL 28-29, 2018, MYRTLE BEACH SC. Save the dates for this spectacular show by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. See the team’s signature gold and blue F-18 Hornets performing breathtaking maneuvers.

JANUARY 27-28, ORANGE CITY FL. This year’s Manatee Festival starts with viewing the manatees at Blue Spring State Park and includes two great days of music, food, guided trips, boat rentals, arts and crafts and children’s activities. It’s the time of year when these lovable, homely creatures seek the warm waters of the springs. 

DECEMBER 31, PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, ILLINOIS.  A tradition since the days of French exploration in southern Illinois, the La Guiannee singers date to 1722. Singers visit local homes and the fort at Fort de Chartres, where they present a program and are treated to refreshments

   Travel full-time without leaving "home". Follow the sun, retire now and earn as you go. Authors full-timed for 10 years, making a living along the way. Read  Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Janet Groene, Travelwriter, Author, Columnist

Updated November, 2017
My lance is free and always has been. Whether it's a one-time assignment or ongoing commitment from a truly professional freelance writer, I'm on the job. I'm an independent business person who writes, not an unemployed or wannabe "writer" who is "freelancing" while looking for a salaried job. I meet deadlines with professional copy.  Contact me at 386.658.1586 or I'm at my desk Eastern time 9-5 but may have limited e-mail access when I'm on the go.

This blog,, is published frequently. It's primarily a bio but, just for window dressing, I regularly show fresh travel teasers for upcoming events. 

Published Weekly
Solo Woman RV,
Camp and RV Cook,
Boat Cook, 

Published Frequently:

Travel Tidbits, quick teasers as a lead-in to this bio,

Kevin T Bear  (SATW traveling teddy bear)
Create a Gorp (pocket snack recipes)

Here is the Amazon site where almost all my books are listed.

Recent Groene "clips". 

Janet Groene is a regular contributor to Family Motor Coaching, Compass, Houseboat and Tribune publications including South Florida Parenting and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Go to

See Janet Groene's feature on the  Panama Canal in  Compass, the hard-cover publication provided in every Holland America stateroom cruising the Western Caribbean this season. Go to{%22page%22:120,%22issue_id%22:377502}

Travel with pets sun sentinel and SF Parenting April, 2016 January /sfp-spaaaaah-healthy-and-fun-staycations-20160120-story.html

Houseboat article on outsourcing march 2016

Houseboart article on allergies march 2016

Current projects, input welcome:  meaningful souvenir hunting worldwide, camp and RV cooking,  lifestyle features for people who live full-time on the go in a boat or RV, travel the Florida Panhandle, family travel for people who live in South Florida. 

 Janet Groene Bio
A paid, freelance journalist since the age of 12, Janet Groene (GRAYnee) was a junior high school student when the local weekly newspaper hired her as a stringer. More than two dozen books and thousands of magazine features later, Janet is a full-time writer whose lance remains free.

Groene began freelancing in earnest as a way to work at home and choose her own hours when her husband, Gordon, was a professional pilot. While still in their young 30's the couple sold everything, bought a sailing sloop and left cold winters behind. For ten years, the Groenes were happily homeless, sailing the tropics in winter and summering in their self-contained, 21-foot diesel RV.

It soon became clear that Janet’s writing and Gordon’s photography could sustain them in a new career as professional travelwriters. When assignments began taking them all over the world to write about sailing and powerboating they sold their boat and settled in Florida. Gordon died in 2016 and Janet continues to travel on her many assignments.

Recent credits: 
 From the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel newspaper, website and one of its magazines, South Florida Parenting, published online and in hard copy:

Family Motor Coaching magazine every month, Houseboat Magazine each issue.  Weekly blogs. Book in progress on provisioning a camper, boat, cabin, home with food storage.Scroll down for links to other recent pieces.

Janet Groene holds Active Membership status in
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Boating Writers International
Society of American Travel Writers

Janet Groene Writing Awards
1st Place, Best Consumer-Oriented Online Article ACC/SATW;
Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award;
NMMA Director’s Award (with Gordon Groene);
Parenting Publications of America Gold Award for Travel Writing
Many others

Janet Groene’s Ongoing Columns

Cooking on the Go,  Family Motor Coaching magazine
Family Travel, South Florida Parenting magazine and e-zine
Living Aboard, Houseboat magazine

Frequent contributor to  Forever Young, Southbound, Empty Nest and other Canadian publications. Groene features are syndicated worldwide by Featurewell.

To see Groene Books available at
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Groene books 

2016 (July) Survival Food Handbook (McGraw-Hill) 
2013: America's 100 Best Places to Retire (contributor) 
Cooking on the Go,Grosset and Dunlap,
Cooking on the Go, Grosset and Dunlap,
Living Aboard Your Recreational Vehicle,
David McKay, hardback
The Galley Book, David McKay hardback Cooking on the Go,
Sail Books, hardback
Limericks to FlyBy,
How to Live Aboard a Boat,
Hearst, hardback
Living Aboard Your Recreational Vehicle,
ICS Books, Inc.
Cooking on the Go ,
Dressing Ship, How to Furnish, Refurbish and Accessorize Your Boat,
Hearst , hardback
Living Aboard Your RV
Ragged Mountain Press (Division of McGraw-Hill Company) Cooking Aboard Your RV Ragged Mountain Press
Country Roads of Ohio
Country Roads Press/McGraw-Hill
ABCs of Boat Camping
Sheridan House
Natural Wonders of Ohio,
Country Roads Press
Florida Under Sail ,
Country Roads Press
The Cockpit Companion,
Jones Publishing, Inc.
Country Roads of Ohio,
Country Roads Press/McGraw-Hill
52 Florida Weekends,
Country Roads Press/McGraw-Hill
Natural Wonders of Georgia ,
Country Roads Press
The Drive for Independence,
Crescent Hill Books, hardback coffee table book
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World and Orlando,
Alpha Books
U.S. Caribbean,
Open Road Publishing
 Creating Comfort Afloat , Bristol Fashion Publications
Romantic Weekends Central and Northern Florida,
Hunter Publishing, Inc.
Great Eastern RV Trips,
Ragged Mountain Press
Florida Guide,
Open Road Publishing
Living Aboard,
Bristol Fashion Publications
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, 2nd Ed.
Open Road Publishing
Caribbean Guide, 3rd Ed. Open Road Publishing
Camping Digest ,
Krause Publications
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands 3rd Ed.
Open Road Publishing
Living Aboard Your RV, 3rd Ed..
Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw-Hill
Day Trips from Orlando,
Globe-Pequot Press
Romantic Weekends Central and Northern Florida, 2nd Ed.
Hunter Publishing, Inc.
Fantastic Discounts and Deals for Anyone Over 50,
Cold Spring Press
Cooking Aboard Your RV, 2nd Ed.
Ragged Mountain Press
Caribbean Guide, 4th Ed.
Open Road Publishing
Personal Paradise: Caribbean,
Open Road
Personal Paradise: Florida ,
Open Road
Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, Ragged Mountain Press division of McGraw-Hill
Books to which Janet Groene contributed
Fisher’s World, Bahamas; Nelles Guides Florida; Nelles Guide, The Caribbean Greater Antilles; AndrĂ© Gayot’s Best of Florida ; Nelles Guides The Caribbean, Lesser Antilles; Experts’ Book of Hints, Tips and Everyday Wisdom,
Rodale Books, hardback
America’s Best Places to Retire, Vacation Publications, multiple editions beginning
Sailors’ Secrets, Advice from the Masters, International Marine Publishing
Reader’s Digest Ask the Experts.

Janet Groene’s Ongoing Columns
Cooking on the Go in Family Motor Coaching magazine
Family Travel in South Florida Parenting magaine, e-zine
Living Aboard,  Houseboat magazine

Frequent contributor to Tribune publications including South Florida Parenting and Canada's Metroland publications. Groene features are syndicated worldwide by Featurewell.

Links:, Learning on the Go for traveling families. Also appeared hard copy See page 16 of digital issue, go to page 11, 12
A Family Guide to Prepping

2017 Travel Guide to Florida, 7 page chapter

Compass magazine, Marvel of Marine Technology, the Science Behind the Panama Canal{%22page%22:120,%22issue_id%22:377502

Christmas, florida travel story christmas fl sun sent
See 24 URLs to Janet Groene features in Sun-Sentinel publicationhs September issue South Florida Parenting/ Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel/Tribune newspapers Summer’s Last Blast, Labor Day travel feature    April 2016, Travel with Pets

September/October issue Houseboat magazine, 4-page color feature on Knoxville, Tennessee

Living aboard column, every issue Houseboat, 6 times a year.

Okeechobee Ride Round the Lake 8-1-16

staycations summer, 2016

Some URLs are long and may require you to cut and paste. If this is not sufficient I can mail hard copy clips or send more URLs. My columns in Family Motor Coaching magazine are not available online without a password. My columns in Houseboat magazine are in hard copy only.  Note that I am audited yearly and meet requirements for SATW Active status.
This is one of many food-travel posts I did for Rand McNall featuring a different state each time.  To access others do a search for Rand McNally Janet Groene. Wisconsin Booya feature Rand McNally is at

Just published by Vacation publications: America’s 100 Best Places to Retire featuring my feature on Valdosta, Georgia. Not online.  Published yearly in Canada: annual Florida Guide in which I cover North-Central Florida. Not online. 

See Janet Groene blog, published daily Monday-Saturday with travel tidbits that stay up one day only,  This is where I will post events I learn about through contacts made at Media Showcase. Below tidbits find Janet Groene bio, which is revised periodically
 (June 2, 2013 feature in Chicago Tribune)

Author Stephen Fried references Janet Groene’s Grand Canyon feature in the Fort Lauderdale News-Sentinel.

July/August 2013 issue City and Shore magazine, go to, click on Digital issue for July-August. My story begins on page 87. 

May 2012 Story for Canadian snowbirds
RV feature spring-summer issue 2012 Charles feature in Southern Hospitality magazine Spring issue 2012     Sun-Sentinel 2-22-12 special needs camps,0,4868358.storygallery March 2012 issue SF Parenting, camps for special needs kids
(list of winners 2005 Parenting Publications of Amerca Awards)
Find me on MySpace and be my friend!,0,2126171.story
Orlando dining guide May 2006 issue, fly drive awesome Alaska      Janet Florida feature in May-June 2009 issue Holiday Villas magazine, UK

Forever Young, Canada,

 South Florida Parenting, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (also see current issues),0,3940390.blurb

February 21, 2014 issue of South Florida Parenting/Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel,,0,7748871.story

See Janet Groene's camping cuisine posts on the Active Network at

Recent credits: Family Motor Coaching magazine every month, Houseboat Magazine each issue.  Weekly blogs. Book in progress on provisioning a camper, boat, cabin, home with food storage.

Writing samples: (Hard copy by request),0,4150273.story

Travel Teasers: Key West Seafood Festival, Bluegrass Fest in Kentucky, Blue Angels in Myrtle Beach, Florida Manatees, Illinois New Years

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