Dayaway Travel Club Updates

Dayaway Travel Club Updates

Dayaway Travel Club

Presents Travel by Design

“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”

If you’ve got a hobby, we’ve got a tour”

 This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club

Meeting is Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse

Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature information about past and future destinations.

Optional After Meeting Lunch 11:45am

Travel Club benefit:  Free door to door transportation with individual non-group vacations or cruises

of 7 days or longer booked through the club!

(Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by

CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members!

Groups of 8 to 12 can order their own pick up spot or even their own Van tour departure.

Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard!

Congratulations! Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
  By Dr. Seuss

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The Dora Canal Tour! August 15

This boat ride is as good as any offered Worldwide such as in Thailand, Costa Rica or the Amazon. Depart Suntree Red Ginger 7:45a Satellite Beach 8am Cocoa Beach 8:30am return apx. 6pm Welcome aboard for a narrated tour! In the 1930’s, Grantlant Rice, a leading sports writer, called the Dora Canal “the most beautiful mile of water in the world” and you may also embrace these thoughts after seeing the beauty of the Dora Canal. As part of the Oklawaha River system, the Dora Canal is a natural stream connecting Lake Eustis to Lake Dora.  Surveyors named Lake Dora in honor of a young woman who allowed them to camp on her homestead and gave them meals.  The canal, originally known as ‘Elfin River’, was eventually changed to Dora Canal. In the late 1800’s the waterway became the mainstay of commerce for the area bringing supplies and mail to the region.  Sightseeing steamers also plied the waters bringing visitors from Palatka and Orlando.  One visitor was quoted as saying, “Floating down the Elfin River on a moonlit night is like a trip into an enchanted fairyland…the beauty of the stream is unexcelled.”  The preservation of the canal was assured when, in 1938, the Wilson Cypress Company was logging the area and were eventually persuaded to leave the cypress along the canal alone and deed a small strip of land surrounding the canal to the county.  In 1957, additional land was given by several ecology-minded forefathers with the stipulation that it be preserved and maintained in its natural state. The Dora Canal is part of the history of Lake County. The ancient cypress trees with their lofty osprey nests, turtles sunning themselves on logs, egrets and the occasional alligator or two, lend themselves naturally to the incomparable beauty of the Dora Canal.  Experience for yourself this treasure of Lake County.  Lunch, Shopping and browsing time at the quaint & colorful village type shops of Mount Dora and a stop at Trader Joes on the return. $75 Member’s $80  guests

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Dade City Pioneer Museum, Brooksville Groves and Country Roads Saturday September 12, 2020

This pioneer museum has a railroad station and train cars plus an old fashioned moonshine still, schoolhouse, church, crafts and art room, plus a hilly field. It’s a highly nostalgic spot with some good history and architecture. The road between Dade City and Brooksville is countryfied with hills in Florida but it doesn’t look like Florida. Leave Red Ginger 8am, Satellite Beach 8:20am and Cocoa Beach Country Club 8:45am with a 7:30pm return.  Tour includes admissions, tour, guide and attractions!  Members $50 Guests $55

Dade City Pioneer Museum Civil War Event

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Saturday, September 19

John Ringling Home

Ca d Zan House of John

The Ringling Complex is like a trip to Europe without leaving Florida

 

Tour the three-part Ringling Museum.  The Ringling’s, John and Mabel were in love with all things Venetian.  Their Mansion was modeled after the Doge’s Palace and christened with a name from the Venetian vernacular, Ca’d’Zan, the house of John. Their bedrooms had eighteenth century Venetian furnishings; their game room Venetian Carnival figures painted on the ceilings. Venetian colored glass was installed in the windows and Mabel had her own private gondola moored by a waterfront structure reminiscent of something on the Grand Canal. This is a 30 room mansion directly on beautiful Sarasota Bay. The Art Museum resembles a fifteenth century Florentine villa and the 20 galleries are filled with over 500 pieces: El Greco, Rembrandt, Veronese and Velasquez, Frans Hals and Tintoretto and finest collection of Rubens and Baroque art in the country. Next visit the museum of the circus featuring handbills, posters, photographs, miniatures, calliopes and costumes and a full scale capturing of the spirit of the backyard of the Circus.      This will be preceded by a visit to Sarasota’s Amish Section where we will dine at one of wonderful buffet Restaurants and Amish gift shops.  Shoefly pie is not the only choice here where the freshness is legendary.  The Restaurant at the complex can be substituted for the Amish Restaurant if preferred.

$85 including the self-guided tour of the Mansion’s First Floor

The Art Museum, Gardens and Circus Museum

Rate includes transportation and guided tour of Sarasota

Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8am and return around 8pm

 

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The new Dali Museum St. Pete

The Dali Museum St. Pete

October 3-The Dali Museum and Mazzaro’s Deli Market Restaurant

Dali St Pete

Surrealistic Art from Salvador Dali at the World’s Largest Collection of his Art

An opportunity to witness the works of one of the World’s most offbeat talented Artists of his time.   Dali, the symbolic artist with his large-scale paintings within a painting and the incredible Persistence of Time.  What a luxury it is that we have the World’s largest collection of Salvador Dali. The Dali has doubled its’ size. We visit Haslam’s Book Store which is the oldest and largest in the State.

WELCOME TO MAZZARO’S ITALIAN MARKET

From fresh roasted coffee to delicious deli selections, gourmet baked goods to handmade pastas and specialty cheeses, Mazzaro’s is more than a one-of-a-kind Italian gourmet market – it’s one of Tampa Bay’s favorite culinary destinations.

Voted #1 of 703 Restaurants in St. Petersburg

Leave Suntree 7:45am Satellite Beach 8:05am Cocoa Beach 8:30am returning around 8:30pm.   Members $75 Guests $80 includes tour guide, transportation, sightseeing, the State’s largest Book Store and Exhibit Entrances. Lunch at Mazzaro’s is not included

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Saturday, TBA

Anna Maria Island Saturday, October • This trip sold out fast a few times The Beach House Restaurant has a selection of fresh seafood and farm to fork features on the Waterfront. The Rod and Reel Pier has a view of Passage Key and Egmont Key and the Gulf Beyond. We will visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. This Island just west of Bradenton is known for its’ great little eateries and views of the Gulf of Mexico. We will also tour around Bradenton. The Island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s only 7 1/2 miles long and less than a mile wide and, for starters, boasts not a single towering condo. (No building over three stories is allowed.) Chain restaurants? Very few of them. The restaurants are delightfully local and extremely good. In other words, you’ve stepped into the Florida of decades ago, with one major difference: New amenities enhance the old charm for a winning combination. Village of the Arts-One day I took a little side trip off the island to Bradenton to explore Village of the Arts. This artists’ colony covers several 1920s Crayola-colored cottages, each featuring a variety of artsy offerings, most open Friday and Saturday. My favorite was Dancing Crane Gallery, with its sculpture, jewelry, and ceramics. I especially loved the gem shop inside, where an artist designs your own piece of jewelry on the spot. I also enjoyed Village Voices & Eclectic Art Emporium, with its Florida author-written books, an art gallery, and local woodwork. “Let’s Not Shout About IT” Having worked in the travel industry all of my life I have visited quite a few places. This beach at the North End of Anna Maria is in my humble opinion among the best in the world. It is so quiet and unspoiled Stroll Anna Maria Green Point Village Members $60 Guests $65 includes Tours, Guide, Transportation and Museum Leave Suntree 7:45am SB 8am and CB 8:30am with about an 8pm return.

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Saturday October 10-*Long Ride Long Day-Amelia Island

Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island is known for its spectacular Architecture including some beautiful Victorian style Restaurants and Homes. The town has an extensive list of buildings on the National Registry. The chamber of commerce building was a former train station downtown, After lunch. we will take either the boat ride or if inclement weather than we will do the museum.  The Amelia Island Museum is an informative place to learn the History of the town which has flown under 8 flags. This afternoon boat tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird life of Cumberland Island. It offers a close-up view of the ruins of the Dungeoness Mansion and takes you literally inside Cumberland Island.  The return ride includes Amelia Island Plantation Resort, The Petrified Forest, A ferry boat ride and a scenic ride along the shore passing three attractive state parks and then the St. Johns River to Mayport Naval Air Station.

Members $80 Guests $85 includes tour, transportation, and boat ride.

Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8am Satellite Beach 8:20am and Cocoa Beach 8:45am returning around 9 pm.

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Cassadaga Spiritual Tour

Link to Slides-
https://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters/halloween-in-cassadega

Cassadaga Halloween Season in Cassadaga Spiritual Community October 18
The Spiritualist camp known as Cassadaga was founded over 100 years ago and has been designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The Architecture is a mix of New England Cobblestone Village and Southern Magnolia Outback. The sights of Lake Helen and Cassadaga include: The Cassadaga Hotel re-built in 1928, Englewood Victorian Plantation Home, Colby Memorial Temple (built 1920), 100 wooden homes, the New Age Cassadaga Camp Bookstore and Lake Colby Park. On Sundays, a church service is open to the public with lovely traditional hymns and an enlightening service. Also, on Sunday an open reading session is viewable at no charge where spiritualists and those studying the art will choose participants in the audience to communicate with and relay messages and feelings from those no longer with us in the flesh. The Bookstores are well stocked with new age and meditative items and books. The choices for lunch are Sinatra’s Ristorante in the Cassadaga Hotel or a quicker option is the homemade food offered before the audience readings in the Colby Memorial Temple for donations. If you are interested in a private reading the names and numbers of the readers are posted in several places including the Hotel and the Bookstore.
Nearby Lake Helen Picture stops include the eyebrow house, The Victorian Ann Stevens House and the Cabin on the Lake. Cassadaga Picture Stops include Lake Colby, the Church, The Cassadaga Hotel, and some architecturally interesting homes and decorations. The return trip includes a ride along a Street in Sanford with some Southern Porches, White Wrought Iron, Overhanging Oaks and a small-town southern feel to the homes on cobblestone streets. Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8:15am and return around 5pm. 10-10:30 am Healing by touch 10-11:30 am Church Service with very good singing and fellowship 12:30-1:30 Open Messaging Service (like watching the John Edwards TV show in person) Members $50 Guests $55 – includes transportation, Public Readings, Services, Healings and Guide. * It is a good idea to bring some singles which can be used as donation tips during the Reiki Healing, Church Service and Public Readings.

Walmart Viera

8520 N. Wickham Road · Viera, FL

How to find us

White Mini-Bus with Orange Dayaway Travel Club sign on the sides! near Murphy’s Gas Station

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Return to the Most Magical Place on Earth with the Florida Resident Disney Magic Flex Ticket

Disney with Masks

Leave Suntree 9am and Satellite Beach 9:15am

Members $45 Guests $50 includes Transportation, Tolls and Parking

Tickets are currently apx. $100 per day for the theme park entrances or $65 per day plus tax for a two day pass or $58 per day with a three day Florida Residency pass includes the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot and this summer the new Star Wars area at Disney Studios.

So a two day pass at 130 is $65 per day plus $45 for transportation, tolls and parking= $110 per person per day plus tax

Florida Residents can get a 2-day Florida Resident Disney Magic Flex Ticket for just $130 plus tax (that’s just $65 per day plus tax). Or, enjoy more magic with a 3-day or 4-day specially priced ticket.

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Thursday, November 26th

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Mission Inn Resort and tour of the Villages Complex

Members $110 Guests $115 includes Transportation, Taxes, Gratuities and Tour of the Villages and Buffet featuring 7 Stations of the most creative culinary treats in a setting reminiscent of a Spanish Mission. “The dishes are prepared by an-award winning culinary team that reflects their experience from the finest kitchens around the world. On site Herb and Vegetable gardens bring a distinctive homegrown appeal and flavors earning us the reputation as a great spot for celebrating holiday events.”

The new section at the Villages is “Brownwood Paddock Square” based on our Florida Cracker History. The Villages has been for a few years the fastest growing city in the Country.  They have also doubled since 2010.   The Polo Grounds are modeled after the scene in My Fair Lady at the Ascot Races.  This trip has scenery, history and Amazing food with no dishes to clean up. Leave Suntree 9am, SB 9:15am and CB 9:45am _________________________________________________________________________

The Florida Greeters Dayaway Travel Club

Presents “The Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West” Dec. 13 to 16, 2020

A Fully Escorted 4 day & 3 Night Tour limited to 9 passengers

Day 1: Depart 8: am from Groups location (Satellite Beach Schechter Recreation Center, Walmart Viera and Walmart Palm Bay with three short shopping stops along the way or way back including the Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall) the Rain Barrel Artisans colony, Key’s Souvenirs and Shell shop. We will make a stop in the Everglades National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the importance of this unique Ecosystem.  Robert is here is the name of a major large fruit stand in the Nursery area of Homestead, Redland and Florida City. We will drive directly through the River of Grass known as the Everglades with its’ fierce Melaleucas along the way. Drive along the Overseas Highway with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right.  Here you will learn about the history and importance of the Ecosystem, and every island over 42 bridges. Make sure you bring your camera for the scenic picture stop at Channel # 5 overlooking the bridge. Early Dinner on route for the outstanding Sunset at Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.   This evening we check into the 3 Diamond Best Western Hibiscus one block from Duval Street.  Our dinners in the Keys include the great dining at the Half Shell Raw Bar known for outstanding Crab Cakes. The ambiance here includes the Historic Seaport with all of the sailboats including the booze cruise, America’s Cup vessels, Fast Cat and the tall Schooner Masts.

Day 2: Today enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride including all of Key West’s major sights with a choice of guided tours of Hemingway House or the new Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Key West Aquarium for those who have already seen Hemingways… Browsing time will be allotted on Duval Street. An optional spectacular sunset cruise following or preceding dinner depending on the time of year will be made available. The trolley picks up near the Hotel.

Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit Truman’s little White House and do a driving and walking tour of Hemingway hang outs including Bahama Village.  If you have already visited the little White House then you may wish to substitute the equally interesting Audubon House.  We will also visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaretville restaurant and shop on Mallory Square. After an afternoon at leisure at the hotel’s tropical pool and bar we will view the famous sunset at Mallory Square.

Day 4: After breakfast on route home a stop at a Marina will be made for an interactive experience feeding the largest Tarpons you will ever see. Early DinnerMrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room depending on time of the day. The final attraction is the three-acre National Historic Site which features an amazing coral castle created by Latvian Ed Leedskalnins using nothing but homemade tools that he created from cast off parts, over the 20 years that it took to complete, not one witness has been found that saw construction in progress. Begun in 1920, the amazing structure, comprised of over 1,100 tons of coral rock, features a 9-ton gate and one-of-a-kind sundial.  The story of the castle, seen by millions on television, is related for visitors at the site.

Members $900 per person double occupancy guests $910 Single Occ. Plus $300

Deposits $150 per person, Balance due October 13, 2020 Cancellations: $150 per person non-refundable with Reservations and no refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes:  accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and gratuities. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.  All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions.

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Biloxi, New Orleans and Southern Plantations Fully Escorted aboard Deluxe Modern Minibus 6 days 5 nights March  21 to 26, 2021

Day 1: Board our air conditioned deluxe Mini Bus for travel through Florida to the Panhandle. The Mini Bus makes a rest or snack stop approximately every two hours. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Panhandle area at the charming Victorian Defuniak Springs.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the Pensacola Naval Air Museum this morning. The air collection here is the best in the country including the Smithsonian. We continue west toward Biloxi via Alabama passing the USS Alabama Battleship. Our location in Biloxi is the Imperial Palace Hotel & casino with 32 floors, stores, movies, rooftop lounge, restaurants & 24-hour gaming.
Day 3- Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour-The Honey Island Swamp is a rich habitat full of wildlife. See the wildlife up close and personal as you explore narrow slews that only our 22-passenger boats are built to navigate. Get the chance to see alligators, raccoons, wild boar, exotic birds, turtles, and many more animals that call the swamp home. Hear all about the Louisiana bayou as your captain tells you all about the different types of flora and fauna that surround you. Afterward a visit through Slidell Main Street and the Antiques section.
Day 4: After Breakfast at the Hotel we leave for New Orleans via the scenic route along the coast passing Gulfport and Bay St. Louis. Our destination is the World War II Memorial Museum in New Orleans. The morning will be spent touring the museum. Then we will have lunch at Dragos followed by a visit to the World-Famous New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum. Dragos is famous for Oysters and Lobsters but there are several other choices. Dragos Charbroiled Oysters are legendary. It all started back in 1993, when Tommy Cvitanovich, our second-generation restaurant manager, decided to experiment with a sauce of garlic, butter and herbs. He brushed it on a fresh batch of oysters, then dusted them with a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheese and cooked them in their shell on a hot grill. The results were incredibly delicious—and a legend was born!
Since then, these special oysters have become a favorite among Drago’s patrons and restaurant critics alike. On a busy day, our grills turn out more than 900 dozen Charbroiled Oysters a day.
Since 1947, our artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. After the tour we will stop at Cafe Du Monde which is world famous for Chicory Coffee and Beignets in the French Market.
Return to IP hotel.
Day 5: Breakfast. Today we will visit famed Bellingrath Gardens. After departing Biloxi, we head toward the “Cradle of the Confederacy”, the heart of Dixie, Alabama. This is an 800-acre estate of natural woodland and 65 acres of planted gardens. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Tallahassee area.
Day 6: Breakfast at the motel. This morning we will visit the Pebble Hill Plantation. Here you can just imagine the dignitaries who have dined in the exquisite dining room. From the home you can see the Equestrian quarters and sprawling gardens which surround the Plantation. This is a throwback to another era of Southern Opulence as if a movie of the Civil War Era is unfolding before your very eyes. Homeward Bound.

RATE: Members $995 Double Occupancy per person $270 Single Supplement 2 dinners and 5 breakfasts
Deposits $100 per person, Balance due August 6, 2020 Cancellations: No refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes: accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and guide. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions. We Highly Recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance to avoid penalties!

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RESERVATION FORM:    Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:   6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321) 259-6300    Internet: www.dayawaytravel.com     E-mail:   dayawaytravel@aol.com

Name or Names:  _____________________ Phone: ________________

e-mail address: ____________________            Pick up point:   ___________

Rates Includes:  Transportation aboard Mini Bus according to group size, port taxes, admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure.  All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.

Travel Guidelines-

  1. People want to Travel
  2. They will want to Travel in small groups
  3. Less Populated Areas or Open-Air Boat Rides and Places
  4. Simple and easy does it Booking Process
  5. Flexibility in Planning and Touring
  6. 14 Day Cancellation on Day Trips
  7. They want to be updated on the safety/cleanliness policies

Hand Sanitizer and wipes are available upon entrances and exits

Temperature Checks & Leave one seat between passengers either empty or for shopping bags or personal items

Masks are required for travel in the Mini Bus and any attractions that require them And of course, Do not Travel yet if you have a cold or immunity issues.

 

Dayaway Travel Club

Presents Travel by Design

“Dayaways” and “Mini Vacations”

If you’ve got a hobby we’ve got a tour”

This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! The Next Travel Club Meeting is Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 10 am in the Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse Located at 1495 A1A. Travel Club Meetings now feature information about past and future destinations. Travel Club benefit:  Free door to door transportation with individual non-group vacations or cruises of 7 days or longer booked through the club! (Groups usually choose one location for transfers) Free travel consulting by CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) And Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members! Groups of 8 to 12 can order their own pick up spot or even their own Van tour departure. Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are welcome aboard! Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!  By Dr. Seuss

http://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FloridaGreetersl

www.youtube.com/dayawaytravel

Blog:  http://travelinmanandmadhatter.blogspot.com

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June 23  *Sold Out* Scenic Drive of Juno, Jupiter Island and the Turtle Loggerhead Marinelife Center

This will be an easygoing freeflowing trip to ease into the return of touring.  We will explore some scenic Drive areas and lunch overlooking the River in Jupiter.  We will stop at the Sea Turtle Hospital which does wonderful rehab work with injured Turtles from as far away as the Galapagos Islands.  We will go where the road goes through covered Banyon Trees forming a canopy over the road toward some of the most equisite Mansions in the World on Jupiter Island. Members $50 and Guests $55 includes transportation, guided sightseeing and the admission to the Turtle Museum.   Leave Suntree 9am and Satellite Beach 9:20am

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The Dora Canal Tour! July 11

This boat ride is as good as any offered Worldwide such as in Thailand, Costa Rica, or the Amazon. Depart Suntree Red Ginger 7:45a  Satellite Beach 8 am Cocoa Beach 8:30 am return apx.

6 pm Welcome aboard for a narrated tour! In the 1930s, Grantlant Rice, a leading sportswriter, called the Dora Canal “the most beautiful mile of water in the world” and you may also embrace these thoughts after seeing the beauty of the Dora Canal. As part of the Oklawaha River system, the Dora Canal is a natural stream connecting Lake Eustis to Lake Dora.  Surveyors named Lake Dora in honor of a young woman who allowed them to camp on her homestead and gave them meals.  The canal, originally known as ‘Elfin River’, was eventually changed to Dora Canal. In the late 1800s the waterway became the mainstay of commerce for the area bringing supplies and mail to the region.  Sightseeing steamers also plied the waters bringing visitors from Palatka and Orlando.  One visitor was quoted as saying, “Floating down the Elfin River on a moonlit night is like a trip into an enchanted fairyland…the beauty of the stream is unexcelled.”  The preservation of the canal was assured when, in 1938, the Wilson Cypress Company was logging the area and were eventually persuaded to leave the cypress along the canal alone and deed a small strip of land surrounding the canal to the county.  In 1957, additional land was given by several ecology-minded forefathers with the stipulation that it be preserved and maintained in its natural state. The Dora Canal is part of the history of Lake County. The ancient cypress trees with their lofty osprey nests, turtles sunning themselves on logs, egrets, and the occasional alligator or two, lend themselves naturally to the incomparable beauty of the Dora Canal.  Experience for yourself this treasure of Lake County.  Lunch,  Lunch, Shopping and browsing time   at the quaint & colorful village-type- shops of Mount Dora and a stop at Trader Joes on the return. $75 Member’s $80  guestsDora Canal CruiseWhite Egret Bird on a Cypress Tree

 

 

 

 

 

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July 25 Lake Placid Caladiums and the Town of Murals

Florida Cracker Cattle Mural

 

 

 

We make stops at fruit markets and welcome centers and fudge places and sights along the route and the return. Lake Placid Florida Includes a tour of the Caladium Growing Fields, Farms and Life size Murals.  Virtually all of the World’s Caladiums are grown here in Lake Placid, Florida.  If you travel to Tulip time in Amsterdam or the Chelsea Flower Show in London, the Caladiums will still be from Lake Placid.  The Mural Society contributes to the beauty of our town and helps preserve our colorful history. 36 murals grace the sides of buildings around town and even the trash containers have color and style.  $70 members $75 guests Leave 7am Suntree, 7:15am SB and 7:45am CB Return around 7p.m. Lunch on own at Chicanes located in the atmosphere of the Inn on the Lake in Sebring Lake Placid Florida has so much to offer; it’s no wonder more and more people are calling it home!  Just ask Reader’s Digest who voted Lake Placid Florida America’s Most Interesting Town!! Known as the Caladium Capital of the World, Lake Placid has 27 freshwater lakes, beautiful Murals around town depicting our history, Toby’s Clown School and the historical Happiness Tower which rises 270 feet above ground. (Sorry, Tower tours are not available at this time) Enjoy a historically good time at the Depot Museum which is the home of the red caboose and local history artifacts displayed by the Lake Placid Historical Society. Indoor attractions include a movie about the making of the murals and framed renditions of all of the town’s now 40 something murals and the Caladium coop arts and crafts shop made up of several of the local artisans crafts, antiques and small gift items available for purchase. They have added a Vintage and special cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors gather to participate in this increasingly popular car show.  Where is the Lake Wales Ridge, and how did it form?

  • The Ridge is about 110 miles long, running from south of Lake Placid to north of Clermont; and averages about 15 miles in width.
  • US 27 runs on top of the Ridge.
  • The Lake Wales Ridge is the largest, highest, and the oldest of the ridges of Central Florida. Other nearby ridges include the Winter Haven Ridge, Bombing Range Ridge, and the Mount Dora Ridge.
  • The average height of the Lake Wales Ridge is about 100 feet above sea level; however, some sections are much higher: the hill at Bok Tower near Lake Wales is 295 feet above sea level.
  • The ridges were formed as coastal ridges when the seas were higher, and the Lake Wales Ridge is at least a million years old. The ridges are sometimes collectively called “Florida’s Ancient Islands”.

Why so special?

  • As the ridges were once isolated islands, they developed unique habitats and ecosystems that survive … and thrive when conserved … to this day.
  • Thanks to these unique ecosystems, the local area is a hotspot for endemics (species that are found only in one location). Highlands and Polk counties are #10 and #11 on the list for rare species in the whole country!
  • The Florida Scrub Jay is an example of an endangered endemic.
  • Two habitats that are found only here are “Ancient Scrub” (primarily low scrub oak with lots of open sand) and “Sandhill” (Pine and Turkey Oak on rolling sand hills). Many conservation areas on the Ridge have one or both of these habitats.

Why care? We get most of our water from rainfall recharging the aquifers underneath where we live. The natural lands provide the water … naturally and free. _______________________________________________________________________

  The Rainbow Springs and Rainbow River Singing Boat Ride! Aug 1

A stop has been added at the Nationally famous Yalaha German Bakery for a snack stop on route because lunch at the Blue Gator will not be till 2pm. Singing River Tours specializes in eco-tours on a comfortable, covered 40′ pontoon boat with the addition of original music! The tours offer education about the local area and its history, as well as the environment and wildlife along the beautiful waters of the crystal clear spring-fed Rainbow River and the dark, swamp-fed Withlacoochee River, in west central Florida. Your tour guide, Jon Semmes, is a professional boat captain and musician. Jon shares his knowledge of Florida’s ecology and history through story and song. What sets Singing River Tours apart from other river cruises is Jon’s talent with guitar and voice. As a professional musician and entertainer, Jon has spent many years sharing music and stories with audiences large and small. Singing River Tours offers a standard eco-tour lasting about an hour and forty minutes. All tours are handicap-accessible Rainbow Springs is arguably the most beautiful park in Florida for Natural Scenery.  This is one of the few spots in Florida with Waterfalls.  The waters are clean and clear and the foiliage is lush and colorful.   Return stop at Russell Stover Outlet Shop. The Luncheon Restaurant has outdoor and indoor seating overlooking the Riverfront! Members $75 Guests $80 including admissions, transportation and guided sightseeing Leave Suntree 8:15am Satellite Beach 8:30am __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Floatathon 2020 Ginnie Springs August  8

Ginnie Springs is a privately-owned park with tubing, swimming & snorkeling in a pristine environment!   ALCOHOL PERMITTED! “The most popular freshwater dive site in the world can be found at Ginnie Springs on the banks of the Santa Fe River” called Visibility Forever by Jacques Cousteau.   Great Outdoors voted best new Restaurant in Florida is located in a former 1800’s Opera House converted into a 2-story restaurant reflecting High Springs’ outdoor activities for which it is named & located in. High Springs is a nostalgic look at old Florida known for Quaint & colorful shops, cafes, Southern décor & Oak Trees with Spanish Moss! Members $75, Guests $80 Rate includes transportation & park entrance! Tube rentals & lunch are extra! Bring Sun Screen, Snorkel, Towel, Swim wear & change of clothes.  Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 7:45am, Returns around 9pm

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 Saturday, TBA Mount Dora, Yalaha German Bakery and the Annual Harvest Grape Stomp Festival at the Lakeridge Winery!

We’ll start the day in quaint Mount Dora visiting the Lakeside Inn of the 1880’s with its famous rocking chairs overlooking Lake Dora.  Mount Dora is more known for its resemblance to a New England town than the South.  The town features shops, lighthouse, yacht club, restaurants, nostalgia, antiques, Amish ice cream, miniature doll houses, and a Sears Mail Order house which now houses a collection of Thomas Kinkaid, the painter of light.  The Donnelly House is a striking piece of Victorian Gothic architecture located directly across the street from Donnelly Park. Yalaha German Bakery looks like an Alpine Scene out of Hansel and Gretel in the Black Forest. Speaking of the Black Forest have you tried their cake at the Yalaha Bakery?  The Bakery Exports Breads including the 7 Grain Wheat bread all over the US.    Rate $59 members $65 guests Leave Suntree Red Ginger 8am Satellite Beach Schechter Center 8:15am and Cocoa Beach 8:45am Rate includes transportation, tour guide, entrance fee, and taxes, lunch cost is not included but many choices are available. Lakeridge Winery’s flagship festival has the ever-popular annual stomping of the grapes and loads of fun for the entire family, all ages welcomes to participate.  Incredible live Music can be enjoyed during the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tastings. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

RESERVATION FORM:  Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:  6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321)259-6300 Internet: www.dayawaytravelclub.com E-mail:  dayawaytravel@aol.com

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Rates Includes:  Transportation aboard Mini Bus according to group size, port taxes, admissions, tour guide, &gratuities. Cancellations:  Full refund until one month prior to departure.  $10 charge up until two weeks prior to departure. No refund for unused portions or cancellations received within two weeks prior to departure unless a substitution is made. Separate Conditions apply to Multi Day Trips according to trip flyer or brochure.  All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. _______________________________________________________________

Cassadaga Details

Link to Slides-
https://www.slideshare.net/Floridagreeters/halloween-in-cassadega

Cassadaga Halloween Season in Cassadaga Spiritual Community October 18
The Spiritualist camp known as Cassadaga was founded over 100 years ago and has been designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The Architecture is a mix of New England Cobblestone Village and Southern Magnolia Outback. The sights of Lake Helen and Cassadaga include: The Cassadaga Hotel re-built in 1928, Englewood Victorian Plantation Home, Colby Memorial Temple (built 1920), 100 wooden homes, the New Age Cassadaga Camp Bookstore and Lake Colby Park. On Sundays, a church service is open to the public with lovely traditional hymns and an enlightening service. Also, on Sunday an open reading session is viewable at no charge where spiritualists and those studying the art will choose participants in the audience to communicate with and relay messages and feelings from those no longer with us in the flesh. The Bookstores are well stocked with new age and meditative items and books. The choices for lunch are Sinatra’s Ristorante in the Cassadaga Hotel or a quicker option is the homemade food offered before the audience readings in the Colby Memorial Temple for donations. If you are interested in a private reading the names and numbers of the readers are posted in several places including the Hotel and the Bookstore.
Nearby Lake Helen Picture stops include the eyebrow house, The Victorian Ann Stevens House and the Cabin on the Lake. Cassadaga Picture Stops include Lake Colby, the Church, The Cassadaga Hotel, and some architecturally interesting homes and decorations. The return trip includes a ride along a Street in Sanford with some Southern Porches, White Wrought Iron, Overhanging Oaks and a small town southern feel to the homes on cobblestone streets. Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station at 8:15am and return around 5pm. 10-10:30 am Healing by touch 10-11:30 am Church Service with very good singing and fellowship 12:30-1:30 Open Messaging Service (like watching the John Edwards TV show in person) Members $50 Guests $55 – includes transportation, Public Readings, Services, Healings and Guide. * It is a good idea to bring some singles which can be used as donation tips during the Reiki Healing, Church Service and Public Readings.

 

Walmart Viera

8520 N. Wickham Road · Viera, FL

 

How to find us

White Mini-Bus with Orange Dayaway Travel Club sign on the sides! near Murphy’s Gas Station

 

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Biloxi, New Orleans and Southern Plantations Fully Escorted aboard Deluxe Modern Minibus

6 days 5 nights October 25 to 30, 2020

Day 1:Board our air conditioned deluxe Mini Bus for travel through Florida to the Panhandle. The Mini Bus makes a rest or snack stop approximately every two hours. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Panhandle area at the charming Victorian Defuniak Springs.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the Pensacola Naval Air Museum this morning. The air collection here is the best in the country including the Smithsonian. We continue west toward Biloxi via Alabama passing the USS Alabama Battleship. Our location in Biloxi is the Imperial Palace Hotel & casino with 32 floors, stores, movies, rooftop lounge, restaurants & 24-hour gaming.
Day 3- Louisiana Swamp Boat Tour-The Honey Island Swamp is a rich habitat full of wildlife. See the wildlife up close and personal as you explore narrow slews that only our 22-passenger boats are built to navigate. Get the chance to see alligators, raccoons, wild boar, exotic birds, turtles, and many more animals that call the swamp home. Hear all about the Louisiana bayou as your captain tells you all about the different types of flora and fauna that surround you. Afterward a visit through Slidell Main Street and the Antiques section.
Day 4: After Breakfast at the Hotel we leave for New Orleans via the scenic route along the coast passing Gulfport and Bay St. Louis. Our destination is the World War II Memorial Museum in New Orleans. The morning will be spent touring the museum. Then we will have lunch at Dragos followed by a visit to the World Famous New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum. Dragos is famous for Oysters and Lobsters but there are several other choices. Dragos Charbroiled Oysters are legendary. It all started back in 1993, when Tommy Cvitanovich, our second generation restaurant manager, decided to experiment with a sauce of garlic, butter and herbs. He brushed it on a fresh batch of oysters, then dusted them with a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheese and cooked them in their shell on a hot grill. The results were incredibly delicious—and a legend was born!
Since then, these special oysters have become a favorite among Drago’s patrons and restaurant critics alike. On a busy day, our grills turn out more than 900 dozen Charbroiled Oysters a day.
Since 1947, our artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. After the tour we will stop at Cafe Du Monde which is world famous for Chickory Coffee and Beignets in the French Market.
Return to IP hotel.
Day 5: Breakfast. Today we will visit famed Bellingrath Gardens. After departing Biloxi we head toward the “Cradle of the Confederacy”, the heart of Dixie, Alabama. This is an 800 acre estate of natural woodland and 65 acres of planted gardens. Tonight’s accommodations are in the Tallahassee area.
Day 6: Breakfast at the motel. This morning we will visit the Pebble Hill Plantation. Here you can just imagine the dignitaries who have dined in the exquisite dining room. From the home you can see the Equestrian quarters and sprawling gardens which surround the Plantation. This is a throwback to another era of Southern Opulence as if a movie of the Civil War Era is unfolding before your very eyes. Homeward Bound.

RATE: Members $995 Double Occupancy per person $270 Single Supplement 2 dinners and 5 breakfasts
Deposits $100 per person, Balance due July 6, 2020 Cancellations: No refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes: accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and guide. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability. All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions. We Highly Recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance to avoid penalties!

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The Florida Greeters Dayaway Travel Club

Presents “The Everglades, Florida Keys and Key West” Dec. 13 to 16, 2020

A Fully Escorted 4 day & 3 Night Tour limited to 9 passengers

Day 1: Depart 8: am from Groups location (Satellite Beach Schector Recreation Center, Walmart Viera and Walmart Palm Bay with three short shopping stops along the way or way back including the Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall) the Rain Barrel Artisans colony, Key’s Souvenirs and Shell shop. We will make a stop in the Everglades National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the importance of this unique Ecosystem.  Robert is here is the name of a major large fruit stand in the Nursery area of Homestead, Redland and Florida City. We will drive directly through the River of Grass known as the Everglades with its’ fierce Melelucas along the way. Drive along the Overseas Highway with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right.  Here you will learn about the history and importance of the Ecosystem, and every island over 42 bridges. Make sure you bring your camera for the scenic picture stop at Channel # 5 overlooking the bridge. Early Dinner on route for the outstanding Sunset at Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.   This evening we check into the 3 Diamond Best Western Hibiscus one block from Duval Street.  Our dinners in the Keys include the great dining at the Half Shell Raw Bar known for outstanding Crab Cakes. The ambiance here includes the Historic Seaport with all of the sailboats including the booze cruise, America’s Cup vessels, Fast Cat and the tall Schooner Masts.

Day 2: Today enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride including all of Key West’s major sights with a choice of guided tours of Hemingway House or the new Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Key West Aquarium for those who have already seen Hemingways… Browsing time will be allotted on Duval Street. An optional spectacular sunset cruise following or preceding dinner depending on the time of year will be made available. The trolley picks up near the Hotel.

Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit Truman’s little White House and do a driving and walking tour of Hemingway  hang outs including Bahama Village.  If you have already visited the little White House then you may wish to substitute the equally interesting Audubon House.  We will also visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritville restaurant and shop on Mallory Square. After an afternoon at leisure at the hotel’s tropical pool and bar we will view the famous sunset at Mallory Square.

Day 4: After breakfast on route home a stop at a Marina will be made for an interactive experience feeding the largest Tarpons you will ever see. Early DinnerMrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room depending on time of the day. The final attraction is the three-acre National Historic Site which features an amazing coral castle created by Latvian Ed Leedskalnins using nothing but homemade tools that he created from cast off parts, over the 20 years that it took to complete, not one witness has been found that saw construction in progress. Begun in 1920, the amazing structure, comprised of over 1,100 tons of coral rock, features a 9 ton gate and one-of-a-kind sundial.  The story of the castle, seen by millions on television, is related for visitors at the site.

Members $900 per person double occupancy guests $910 Single Occ. Plus $300

Deposits $150 per person, Balance due October 13, 2020 Cancellations: $150 per person non-refundable with Reservations and no refunds within two months prior to departure unless a substitution is found. The tour includes:  accommodations, transportation, attraction admissions, taxes, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and gratuities. All prices and itineraries are subject to change based upon availability.  All times are approximate and there are no refunds for unused portions.

RESERVATION FORM:    Reservations are on a request basis until payment is received. Please place your reservations  and make checks payable to Florida Greeters, Inc. and mail to:   6300 North Wickham Road, # 130-222 Melbourne, FL  32940 or credit card by Phone (321) 259-6300    Internet: www.dayawaytravel.com     E-mail:   dayawaytravel@aol.com

Name or Names:  _____________________ Phone: ________________

e-mail address: _________________            Pick up point:   ___________

Travel Guidelines for the first few tours—-

  1. People want to Travel
  2. They will want to Travel in small groups
  3. Less Populated Areas or Open Air Boat Rides and Places
  4. Simple and easy does it Booking Process
  5. Flexibility in Planning and Touring
  6. 14 Day Cancellation on Day Trips
  7. They want to be updated on the safety/cleaniness policies

Hand Sanitizer and wipes are available upon entrances and exits

Temperature Checks

Leave one seat between passengers either empty or for shopping bags or personal items

Masks are required for travel in the Mini Bus and any attractions that require them

And of course, Do not Travel yet if you have a cold or immunity issues.

 

 

Port Canaveral Staying the Course

Port Canaveral Staying the Course


by Lee | Jul 5, 2020 | Blogger | 0 comments

Port Canaveral is considered a destination in and of itself with Restaurants, Charter Boats, Fishing, Beaches, Marina, Morton Salt and quite a bit more.   A major Aquarium is in its future growth plans. After all, where else can see a Rocket Launch from your Balcony.

Photo credit: Steven Madow, www.stevenmadow.com

MSC Cruises to base ship at Port Canaveral next spring, becoming fifth cruise line here
Dave Berman, Florida TodayPublished 11:12 a.m. ET June 4, 2020 | Updated 3:34 p.m. ET June 4, 2020        The MSC Divina will redeploy to Port Canaveral next spring. (Photo: MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises announced Thursday that it will begin sailing out of Port Canaveral next spring, becoming the fifth major cruise line to have ships based at Brevard County’s seaport.

The Swiss-based cruise line — known for its upscale ships — said it will base the MSC Divina at Port Canaveral, the world’s second-busiest cruise port, ranked by passenger volume.

The ship will offer a mix of three-, four- and seven-night cruises sailing from Port Canaveral on Sundays and Thursdays.

“With this new, easily accessible home port, MSC Cruises’ guests will now have the option of exploring the Orlando area pre- or post-cruise, and extending their vacation experience,” the cruise line said in a statement announcing its plans.

Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said the port is “very pleased to welcome MSC Cruises USA” and is “excited to be the home port for the beautiful MSC Divina.”

Murray said the partnership with MSC “is an endorsement of our commitment to excellence and the investments we’ve made in our cruise operations. We’re looking forward to working together with our new cruise partner, providing the best possible experience for their guests.”

MSC Cruises USA President Ruben Rodriguez said Port Canaveral “has always been an extremely popular port with cruisers, since it is easily accessible, offers innovative and modern terminals, and provides nearby access to many attractions in the surrounding area. We are thrilled at MSC Cruises to offer sailings from Port Canaveral on the modern and elegant MSC Divina for the first time.”

I had the pleasure of sailing on the Innagural of this lovely Vessel from the Port of Miami to Port Canaveral. It coincided with the promotion for the Exploration Tower at the port-

Astronaut Winston Scott at the Exploration Tower

Here was an opportunity to meet and briefly chat with a great Astronaut! Pictured here Astronaut Winston Scott and Lee Rosenkranz, CTC

 

 

Exploration Tower Port Canaveral

Each Floor of the building is loaded with historical information, environmental infrastructure, wildlife descriptions and visual effects. They mostly correspond to the surrounding area.

MSC Divina

This Sleek Beautiful ship is going to be sailing from Port Canaveral!

 

The Divina portrays an era of the great Diva Stars of Song and Screen-

MSC Divina Promo

A Great Lady of Song and Screen!

A brief link showing of the amazing performances onboard the MSC Divina soon to be homeported in Port Canaveral on the Space Coast of Florida. I describe it as a cross between the Moulin Rouge and Cirque Du Soleil! However the Theme tonight is Piratical  https://youtu.be/MXQr0wOAkg8

A legend in the Travel Industry since his early beginnings with Pan Am and then his first Cruise Line Costa as a Sales Representative.  I remember the first time he came to My Dad, Sam Rosenkranz’s Bon Voyage Travel on the very busy 163rd Street in North Miami Beach. There must have been 10 travel agencies within about a five-block radius in that part of town I remember most sales reps came by gave you a brochure and a pen and said here, now go sell our products. Sasso looked over the place and said before I leave here today I’m gonna fill your board with Costa ships.    My Dad had a listing board which in those days had push letters onto a board which stated, “Join our Groups and $ave”.  In those days there was a substantial saving in the group sailing versus an individual sailing.  Sasso started going through his offerings of Federico C and Enrico C and Carla C and every C he had plus the Flavia, etc…   He cut a deal for each one and then stuck the letters and prices on the board himself and when he left the agency looked like a satellite office of Costa. And… never mind a cheap promo pen he gave me a book on Cruising the Caribbean that I kept to this day.  I guess that’s the way to climb the ranks.   This was followed by an outstanding Cruise Industry Career culminating as CEO of MSC USA pictured here is Rick Sasso-

MSC Orchestra Inauguration

Richard-Sasso-CEO-MSC-Cruises-USA-Donna-Steffanelli-Rizzo-and-Lee-A.-Rosenkranz-MSC-Orchestra-Inauguration-

 

 

MSC USA headquarters in Fort Lauderdale

Richard-Sasso-CEO-MSC-Cruises-USA, Gina Rosenkranz and Lee Rosenkranz of Florida Greeters/Dayaway Travel

Costa Cruise Ad

Join our Groups and $ave! This was a few years later and the format is still used.

Travel Agent Sam Rosenkranz's Busy Desk but He is cool and collected!

Travel Agent Sam Rosenkranz’s Busy Desk but He is cool and collected!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee proudly displaying MSC Cruise Shirt with Jazz recording artist Mindy Abair

Lee proudly displaying MSC Cruise Shirt with Jazz recording artist Mindy Abair!

Fiat on board the MSC Divina

Fiat on board the MSC Divina

Very Young Guest Dancing

This young fellow was highly inspired by the entertaining features from MSC Cruises so he broke into his own steps to add to the mix!

Copy of MSC Production Appreciation award to Florida Greeters from MSC

We liked them so much from the Opera to the RIsotto and from the Dance Lessons to the Classical Music we escorted a group of 80 to Bermuda from Florida and MSC awarded our efforts.   We’ll tell you more about that in a separate article!

Pirates, Sunken Ships along the Hutchinson Island Treasure Coast and the Suwanee River

Don Pedro Gilbert is the namesake of the last remaining House of Refuge Building on Hutchinson Island according to his story on page 25 of “Twenty Florida Pirates” and just offshore from that historic house was the sinking of the “Georges Valentine” in 1904 on page 85 according to the book “Thirty Florida Shipwrecks” They have some of the original log books written at the time of the wrecks and salvages from the area. you can join in on a Motorcoach trip on Saturday November 14th in conjunction with the South Brevard Historical Society.

To read the Itinerary hit www.dayawaytravelclub.com then hit menu.

This is your link to the slideshow on the Treasure Coast and the Florida Folk Festival on the Suwanee RIver

Stetson Mansion

Stetson Mansion

“If you’re only going to one Holiday Attraction make it the Stetson Mansion”

 

How did a cowboy hat maker from Philadelphia who sells mainly to the West end up with a Florida Mansion? These are the type of questions that you may ponder as you visit the decorated Mansion of John B Stetson built in 1886. You may want to keep in mind that we have older large homes in Florida, circa Antebellum such as Kingsley, Gamble and Bronson Mullholland or the Gonsalvez Alvarez house in St. Augustine which is pre Revolutionary War and referred to as the oldest house. However, the most popular well known opulent Mansions of Florida such as Viscaya, Pinewood, Selby, Whitehall and Ringling’s Ca’ D’ Zan (House of John) were all built in the 1900’s not late 1800’s like Stetson. What a job these guys have done putting this place back together again, Bravo to them! I can almost see Stetson, his hat, dog and walking stick in front of the Mansion. Wait a minute, I can see them based on one of the wonderful Jackson Walker paintings usually housed in the nearby Historic Courthouse in Deland’s Historic District sometimes referred to as the “Athens of Florida”.

Figure 1 John B. Stetson by Jackson Walker

 

  I think that the copper top domes of the old Southern courthouses along with

the Greco-Roman columns Architectural Stylings

were modeled after ancient Greece, the birthplace of Democracy.

 

Figure 2 Tower of the Historic Deland Courthouse

 

Figure 3 Corinthian Columns
Figure 4 Stetson Mansion Exterior
 The Athens Theater  has once again been restored for Shows and events in Downtown Deland! This picture hangs in the Deland House on Campus.
Figure 5 Painting of the Athens Theater
from the Gilded Age of Dress and Style.

 

Back view of those incredible inlaid windows
The Bamboo Meditative Garden on the Mansion premises

 

 

My favorite year to year tour selection was always Cypress Gardens with its’  4,000 twinkling lights, wonderful train exhibits, Santa through the ages, Olympic Russian Circus and Ice Skating shows, comedy, gardens and the Eye in the Sky.  However, what makes the Stetson a great substitute is that this is actually a home with ramped up decorations, themes, exquisite parquet floors, glass windows and a feel of the Holidays.  It’s kind of what you think you might want to do if you had the time, ability, finances, space and creativity.  If not it’s easier and much more reasonable to see it here since the boy’s have started over the past several years inviting us in at a reasonable rate to check it out.  And… it changes from year to year.   From pieces of the Frozen theme to Patriotism. From  Stetson Hats to collectibles.  From decked out trees to colorful islands and seas, from quilts to covers and music and lights and extended secret nooks and cranies and flights of stairs and paths to Asia and beyond. If you have the imagination you can make believe its’ yours or talk to the walls of yesteryear and Stetson or other time period characters who visited. How about Grover Cleveland since he seemed to leave his mark all over Florida.  Bring the Outside in and take the inside out. Let’s do it again and again and see what they come up with next.   One of this year themes included pathways so let’s borrow one from the White Sands Buddhist Sanctuary in Mims-

 For these and other day trip ideas from the Space Coast of Florida e-mail:  Lee c/o floridagreeters@yahoo.com or visit www.dayawaytravel.com then highlight current calendar.
Link to 2014 Stetson Decoration Video

 

Can you view a Plantation Home in Florida?

Can you view a Plantation Home in Florida?

The South’s Rice Plantations are evident in the Carolina Low Country and the Cotton Plantations were abundant in Georgia and Mississippi.  There were Sugar Plantations from Maryland to Georgia typically 500 to 1000 acres in size.  So what kind of Plantation can we still visit in Florida?  It’s the Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville’s Fort George Island which grew Cotton and Indigo with a colorful story filled past and a  viewable present.

According to most accounts Zephaniah Kingsley was a nineteenth century slave trader of Scottish descent who married a very young (13 year old) African Princess. She herself became the trainer of most of their help over the years. The controversy was over the will which left most of his funds to his Black wife.  She left for the Island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).  According to some accounts she fought for her inheritance and his prejudiced family relatives and after a long battle won, she returned to Jacksonville to live out her days as the wealthiest Black Woman in America at the time.  Some believe she still haunts the premises and seances have been held there, I’m told.

 

Archaeological Digs with the help of the University of Florida team has uncovered the Slaves who died on the grounds so at least now people can acknowledge the site and remember who and where they were.
“The approach to the plantation is as interesting as the site itself:  the last portion on the unpaved road under canyons of gnarled oak branches graced by gently weaving Spanish moss. The road passes the highest point of coastal land south of New Jersey, past the Fort George Golf Club, past the point where French Huguenot pioneers offered the first Protestant prayer in the new world in May, 1562”
from Robert Tolf’s Discover Florida
Can you imagine that the entire size of your living quarters was the equivalent of only a Queen Bed today.
These quarters were made of a tabby like coquina rock form and are some of the last remaining samples of this type of quarters anywhere placing them on the National Historic Register
The view of the back of the Plantation was originally the front and most supplies arrived by boat.
Bicycling for Fun on The Guest Blog with Madhatter, Gary Haas

Bicycling for Fun on The Guest Blog with Madhatter, Gary Haas


Bicycling for Fun 

News from MadHatterPromotions.com aka Gary MadHatter Haas
 
There is something about getting out on my bicycle that kicks my endorphins into high gear. I think it is mostly to do with the sense of freedom, of being disconnected from agendas and leaving the day up to whimsy.
 
OK, maybe not entirely to whimsy. My routes, or circuits often require me to plan ahead so that I am not stuck many miles from home when the weather changes or darkness falls. Even wind direction and speed is often taken into account. Yet those things I’ve back-up plans for. Wherever I pedal, more than a few miles, I am wearing a backpack with tools for modest repairs, a rain poncho, extra batteries for both pairs of lights. You get the picture. Still, when I head out, the day is usually mine!
 
I’m also not fond of retracing my route. I prefer a circuit where I will leave my home in one direction, and return from the other direction so that the view always changes. A short ride will take me north to Cocoa Village along the river, then inland to Fiske Boulevard, then south to Avenue Viera (OK, World Of Beer), then home to Lake Pointe Suntree. A long ride will take me north or south, then over one of the causeways, then up/down the beaches, finally back over another causeway and then the run for the barn to home. A REALLY long ride, done only once, took me from Suntree, through Cocoa Village, over to Cocoa Beach, then up to Port Canaveral, then back south all the way to Wabasso (south of Sebastian Inlet), over to US1, up to Captain Hiram’s, then home (Stopped at Squid Lips). I’m in no shape to do that today but will try it again eventually.
 
My approach is different than the racers that frequently blow past me. Frankly, I don’t know how they are even aware of much of the environment that they are rolling through doing the speeds they do, other than the road ahead. I’m sure speeds of 25 to 30 mph is common for them. For myself, I’m riding a hybrid (half mountain bike and half beach cruiser) and I average about 12 mph. I’m determined not to miss anything, to enjoy all that my environment will communicate to me as I roll past. I appreciate the fresh air, smells, sights, and exercise, though I’m not severely straining myself most of the way. Sometimes I will kick it into high gear. And bridges are always a challenge for a while. But I consider exercise to be a fringe benefit.
 
My usual habit is to roll about ten to twelve miles then take a break, usually at a bar, for medicinal purposes, you understand. If the weather is fair and obstacles are few I can cover fifty miles or more in a day without overly straining myself.
 
In recent years I have managed to compromise these events slightly but consider the results well worth it. Group bicycle rides are fun to plan and execute. While independence is sacrificed the added enjoyment of bicycling with friends more than makes up for it, especially at the stops! Essentially it becomes a party on wheels, the un-motorized kind. While not a pub crawl in the truest sense the common ground is that there is a party at each stop, you know most of the group already there, and the group remixes at each stop so that you get more chances to make new friends.
 
To combine both formats, independent bicycling plus a group ride, is the best format of all. This means riding from my home to the start of the group ride, doing the group ride, then continuing on, on my own, eventually returning home. This requires some planning and a long day.
 
What’s next, I hear you ask? I’m in the market for a riverine kayak. The plan is to do in a kayak down the Indian river what I do on a bicycle. And yes, it is just a matter of time before that becomes a group adventure too.
 
Friend me on Facebook at Gary MadHatter Haas and visit www.MadHatterPromotions.com for more shenanigans.

  

 





Let’s Go Horsing Around in Ocala

Let’s Go Horsing Around in Ocala

Ocala is known as the Horse breeding capital of the US with over 1000 farms in the vicinity.  We named our tour to the area, “Let’s go Horse around in Ocala” and we did.   We saw $100,000 Thoroughbred studs behind bars that we were warned could bite off your fingers and some fed them apples anyway.

We saw Arabians gentle as a baby and some with their babies that we could feed and pet to our heart’s content.

We heard stories about race winners and their offspring that won several major races up to and including the Kentucky Derby and even the triple crown bred in Florida.

We saw them feed, play, run and literally pose as some of them were show horses that are trained to look good.  Ocala Horse Properties in their Farm Portfolio features the following quote, “Horses- If God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself.”    Another states, “A dog may be man’s best friend… but the horse wrote history.”  And finally the great spokesman himself Winston Churchill wrote, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” And we think that in this instance he was referring to horses.

We started our tour with a look around the historic area of Ocala which has some special houses plus the seven sisters Bed &Breakfast.  This is a property of International acclaim where you can stay in a exotic room decorated as Egyptian, Beijing China, Madrid, Spain, a Parisian Boudoir or the Moroccan Suite.  I have sent clients here for a New Year’s Weekend with a Murder Mystery encompassing the exotic rooms and their main dining area to solve the spoof like a sleuth.  Ask the owner’s about the paranormal history surrounding the property. “ You only get 52 weekends a year
Make the most of each and every one of them with a weekend getaway. Choose your own adventure at one of our great weekend destinations. Be a Weekender.” (source Hilton)  Our next stop is your home away from home for comfort food Southern Style at the new Ivy House in Ocala.  We have been dining at the original in Williston (apx. 20 miles west)

Williston above and Ocala Below

but this was our first encounter with the newly remodeled former Felix’s.  I must say I love what you’ve done with the place was my first thought upon entering what seems to be a Southern tradition similar to Poogan’s Porch

in Charleston where the rooms are set up like you’re in a large house but small areas decorated in French Country or other southern motifs.  The food was ample and tasty just like at their cousin’s in Williston.

Our guide, Karen Grimes, stepped on the coach after lunch and suffice it to say she knows her way around a horse and horse country.  We learned a tidbit or two about some very prominent families in the area including Charlotte Weber who resides on the largest of the properties named Live Oak and she owns not only Campbell’s as in soup but Godiva as in chocolates and an incredible property that stretches out for a long while.  And then we spotted the Steinbrenner ranch which has a new home under construction in view from the road.  Our last stop of the day in Ocala was the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Building which besides having a very impressive meeting room where I imagined large horse affairs getting sorted out also included some interesting memorabilia on two floors.

Many towns have a theme and our Horse Capital is plainly carrying out theres’ with an art in public places colorfully painted horse statue collection.

We didn’t do the scavenger hunt to find them all since I understand they number over forty but we did see a few in various locations throughout town and country.   We’ll be back since  1000 ranches might take a few trips to get through and we didn’t have time to visit John Travolta’s fly in neighborhood yet and this town has its’  own serious contenders for our Blueberry search since they have many Blueberry farms and you pickum’s all around.

 

 

Update for Story on Blueberries

Update for Story on Blueberries

We’ve got some links and updates on the Blueberry story:

This is a link to a Farm to Fork video on some interesting uses for Blueberries in Salsa, Vinegar and in a sauce on top of Salmon!

http://video.aarp.org/video/Farm-to-Fork-Blueberries?intcmp=AARP_Taboola_2rvideo

 March 14 or 3.14 is the mathematical answer to the symbol Π.  Albert Einstein was born on 3/14/1879
 
And.. from the Movie Life of PI

A Facebook post from the Blueberry Festival in Island Grove near Micanopy

Blueberry ice cream blueberry muffins blueberry jams preserves and flats plus blueberry goat milk fudge blueberry wine and blueberry soy candles at the Blieberry Festival with a bit of pickin and grinnin’ on a beautiful day

 — at 301 Blueberries – Island Grove.

 

Blueberry ice cream blueberry muffins blueberry jams preserves and flats plus blueberry goat milk fudge blueberry wine and blueberry soy candles at the Blieberry Festival with a bit of pickin and grinnin' on a beautiful day

 

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Blueberries  By Robert Frost

“You ought to have seen what I saw on my way
To the village, through Mortenson’s pasture to-day:
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
And all ripe together, not some of them green
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!”
“I don’t know what part of the pasture you mean.”
“You know where they cut off the woods–let me see–
It was two years ago–or no!–can it be
No longer than that?–and the following fall
The fire ran and burned it all up but the wall.”
“Why, there hasn’t been time for the bushes to grow.
That’s always the way with the blueberries, though:
There may not have been the ghost of a sign
Of them anywhere under the shade of the pine,
But get the pine out of the way, you may burn
The pasture all over until not a fern
Or grass-blade is left, not to mention a stick,
And presto, they’re up all around you as thick
And hard to explain as a conjuror’s trick.”
“It must be on charcoal they fatten their fruit.
I taste in them sometimes the flavour of soot.
And after all really they’re ebony skinned:
The blue’s but a mist from the breath of the wind,
A tarnish that goes at a touch of the hand,
And less than the tan with which pickers are tanned.”
“Does Mortenson know what he has, do you think?”
“He may and not care and so leave the chewink
To gather them for him–you know what he is.
He won’t make the fact that they’re rightfully his
An excuse for keeping us other folk out.”
“I wonder you didn’t see Loren about.”
“The best of it was that I did. Do you know,
I was just getting through what the field had to show
And over the wall and into the road,
When who should come by, with a democrat-load
Of all the young chattering Lorens alive,
But Loren, the fatherly, out for a drive.”
“He saw you, then? What did he do? Did he frown?”
“He just kept nodding his head up and down.
You know how politely he always goes by.
But he thought a big thought–I could tell by his eye–
Which being expressed, might be this in effect:
‘I have left those there berries, I shrewdly suspect,
To ripen too long. I am greatly to blame.'”
“He’s a thriftier person than some I could name.”
“He seems to be thrifty; and hasn’t he need,
With the mouths of all those young Lorens to feed?
He has brought them all up on wild berries, they say,
Like birds. They store a great many away.
They eat them the year round, and those they don’t eat
They sell in the store and buy shoes for their feet.”
“Who cares what they say? It’s a nice way to live,
Just taking what Nature is willing to give,
Not forcing her hand with harrow and plow.”
“I wish you had seen his perpetual bow–
And the air of the youngsters! Not one of them turned,
And they looked so solemn-absurdly concerned.”
“I wish I knew half what the flock of them know
Of where all the berries and other things grow,
Cranberries in bogs and raspberries on top
Of the boulder-strewn mountain, and when they will crop.
I met them one day and each had a flower
Stuck into his berries as fresh as a shower;
Some strange kind–they told me it hadn’t a name.”
“I’ve told you how once not long after we came,
I almost provoked poor Loren to mirth
By going to him of all people on earth
To ask if he knew any fruit to be had
For the picking. The rascal, he said he’d be glad
To tell if he knew. But the year had been bad.
There had been some berries–but those were all gone.
He didn’t say where they had been. He went on:
‘I’m sure–I’m sure’–as polite as could be.
He spoke to his wife in the door, ‘Let me see,
Mame, we don’t know any good berrying place?’
It was all he could do to keep a straight face.
“If he thinks all the fruit that grows wild is for him,
He’ll find he’s mistaken. See here, for a whim,
We’ll pick in the Mortensons’ pasture this year.
We’ll go in the morning, that is, if it’s clear,
And the sun shines out warm: the vines must be wet.
It’s so long since I picked I almost forget
How we used to pick berries: we took one look round,
Then sank out of sight like trolls underground,
And saw nothing more of each other, or heard,
Unless when you said I was keeping a bird
Away from its nest, and I said it was you.
‘Well, one of us is.’ For complaining it flew
Around and around us. And then for a while
We picked, till I feared you had wandered a mile,
And I thought I had lost you. I lifted a shout
Too loud for the distance you were, it turned out,
For when you made answer, your voice was as low
As talking–you stood up beside me, you know.”
“We sha’n’t have the place to ourselves to enjoy–
Not likely, when all the young Lorens deploy.
They’ll be there to-morrow, or even to-night.
They won’t be too friendly–they may be polite–
To people they look on as having no right
To pick where they’re picking. But we won’t complain.
You ought to have seen how it looked in the rain,
The fruit mixed with water in layers of leaves,
Like two kinds of jewels, a vision for thieves.”