Beyond the Theme Parks: Exploring Central Florida / Edition 1

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Illustrated guide to Central Florida for both tourists and residents written by apopular local radio arts announcer: contains maps, photos, addresses, phone numbers, calendar of annual events, and other information about little-known or overlooked places of interest. "A useful guide for both locals and tourists interested in enjoying something different." — Daytona Beach News-Journal "Brotemarkle takes us on a leisurely tour of 15 of central Florida's most interesting towns and cities, offering much more than the standard thumbnail sketches of each place. . . . The book is full of gems, along with a useful appendix which includes listings of Florida's arts and cultural organizations, a listing of historic sites, and a calendar of events. This book is a keeper!" — Travel Writers International Network "Brotemarkle shows there is much more to Central Florida than glitzy theme parks. He takes readers on a tour of 'real' Florida."—Tampa Tribune "A valuable resource for anyone planning to get acquainted with the center of the state"—Florida Times Union

"Ben Brotemarkle is the ideal arts journalist-inquisitive, attentive to detail, insightful. His work is a much-needed guide to 'the other Florida.'"—N. Y. Nathiri, executive director of Preserve Eatonville and of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities

"History, historic preservation, and our cultural organizations are all facets of the same jewel: the community of central Florida. Ben brings them together in a way that makes sense for those of us who live here and those who visit."—Sara Van Arsdel, executive director, Orange County Historical Society

"What a great book! Every resident of and visitor to Central Florida should read Beyond the Theme Parks. It's a splendid introduction to the cultural heritage of our area."-Glenda E. Hood, mayor of Orlando

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Library Journal
Part tour guide and part historical resource, this book will be useful both to visitors and to residents, old and new, of central Florida. Brotemarkle, an Orlando radio host, has won journalism awards for his coverage of central Florida history and culture. His in-depth research is immediately apparent, as is his plea for historic preservation. Small historic towns that get only one paragraph in most travel guides are each given a lengthy chapter here, complete with footnotes. Appendixes include a complete listing of local arts groups, historic sites in the region, and a calendar of annual arts and cultural festivals. The photographs are helpful, but a more detailed map for each city is missing. Nonetheless, this book fills a gap, combining local history and current events with information gleaned from interviews. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.--Kimberly A. Bateman, South Regional Broward Community Coll. Lib., FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813018256
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,371,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Introduction 1
Orlando: More than the Magic Kingdom 9
Winter Park: The Cultural Heart of Central Florida 25
Eatonville: The Zora Neale Hurston Legacy 35
Maitland: The Home of Andre Smith and the Enzian Theater 47
Christmas: Remembering the Seminole Indian Wars and Florida's Pioneer Days 57
Longwood: A Microcosm of Central Florida History 64
Sanford: An Architectural Archive 73
Kissimmee: Cowboy Culture and Hispanic Traditions 81
Mount Dora: A Look Back in Time 90
DeLand: The Athens of Florida 98
Cassadaga: A Unique Religious Settlement 106
Barberville: Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts 115
Daytona Beach: Spring Break, Bike Week, Auto Racing ... and the London Symphony Orchestra 123
New Smyrna Beach: The Artistic Foresight of Doris Leeper 135
The Space Coast: A Bridge between the Past and the Future 149
Conclusion 160
Appendix A. Central Florida's Arts and Cultural Organizations 165
Appendix B. Central Florida Sites on the National Register of Historic Places 185
Appendix C. Calendar of Annual Arts and Cultural Festivals in Central Florida 203
Notes 211
Bibliography 221
Index 223
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