I love the coast, but Florida’s interior is more familiar to me.
A lot of Kentucky racehorses are raised in central Florida. Much of the state is on a similar limestone that gets in the grass and makes strong horse bones.
This bull with horns ran up to me…he wanted a treat.
I discovered a treat while driving through Deland, FL – The Athens Theatre
There aren’t a lot of old things in Florida, so this beautiful theater from the 1920’s got my attention.
I was lucky to meet Alan Ware, one of the creative forces behind the theater.
Alan gave me a tour of the restored theater.
It was originally built for vaudeville performances.
And was visited by many famous performers
This panel was a surprise that was uncovered during the restoration.
The ‘Green Room’ under the stage
The building had a great creative energy, and I hope to return to the Athens Theater soon to catch a show, and explore more of Deland.
From Deland, I drove to Mt. Dora to visit my friend Samuel Ruder (more about him later)
While enjoying the art, I tried a new food called Aripas. It is a Mexico/Central American Corn pancake stuffed with mozzarella cheese. I have never heard of them, but they are a common fair food at Florida art shows.
A great zydeco band, the Porchdogs, performed during the show.
Mt. Dora created a great cultural experience with their art show. It was a feast for the eyes, ears and mouth.