Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

I used to live in Sarasota and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to wander.  Named for Marie Selby who lived on the property with her husband, William, for over 50 years.  She loved nature and when she passed in 1971, she left her home and gardens to the community "for the enjoyment of the general public." 

Selby Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to epiphytes.  They research, study, display, and conserve these plants that live on other plants.  Like air plants, they don't harm the host plant but rather just hang around as pals.  Some of the best examples are orchids, bromeliads, and gesneriads.  (Say that three times fast!)

It's a place of research and the scientific staff here have discovered more than 2,000 plant species. The collections on property include an herbarium of more than 110,000 dried and pressed specimens and over 30,000 preserved in fluids with some of the rarest dating back to the 1700s. 

If you're in Sarasota, take a couple hours to visit Selby Gardens.  The LIVE video below takes you on a walking tour through this living museum and shows the unique Warhol: Flower in the Factory works all over the property.  The exhibit is open from February to June 30, 2018 and "explores the surprising, and little known, role of nature in Warhol's art and life."

Gallery: Appleton Museum of Art

I was so fortunate to be host of our regional PBS station's local show called GALLERY.

GALLERY takes you inside the halls of prestigious museums, as well as unique private and community galleries on Central Florida. Experience the amazing beauty of expression, creativity, and the timeless qualities that identify great art.

EPISODE 9: The Appleton Museum in Ocala was a gift from Arthur Appleton, which opened to the public in 1987. Originally the gallery was built to display Appleton’s Art Collection, but today, the Appleton Museum Displays art from around the world.

Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

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I learned how to drive in a Model A Ford.  Back in 1986, my dad was slowly restoring a Model A and it was a just a chassis and engine.  I sat on a couple of tires to work the clutch and steer. Across the street from my childhood home at 117 Hattaway Drive, was an unused golf-course and orange groves that stretched all the way down to Lake Orienta.  I drove it everyday until I finally could clutch my way up the hill from Hattaway Drive to 436.  It's steep, and if you have a manual car, mastering that hill is key to being a good driver. 

So began my fascination with cars.  I love them, I do.  I've had quite a few different ones already.  I loved my diesel VW Rabbit, my red Acura Integra, and my Pontiac Fiero the best.  Collecting and restoring cars is an expensive hobby, and one well outside my means.  So, I headed off to Daytona to check out the Daytona Beach Spring Turkey Rod Run.  I thought maybe I'd get my fill and then not continue to shop CraigsList for Willys jeeps.   

Lots of cars, lots of collectors.

 

Click on the Townie Tourist video below to watch the show. You won't believe cars we see.👇👇👇

The Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run is in spring and fall. This year it's November 22-25 at Daytona International Speedway. Click here for ticket and vendor info.

Gary Rack's Farmhouse: Del Ray Beach, Florida

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I may be back in Orlando, but I'm still thinking of the breakfast I had in Del Ray Beach at Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen.

This clean eating spot serves up seasonal, sustainable, locally sourced ingredients to create delicious dishes. Their motto is "just good food," and they do not disappoint. If you're even in the area on in Boca, you must stop in. Even if it's for a snack.

Here are all the things my mom, sister and I feasted over:

  • Crushed Avocado Toast – with green goddess pesto and ricotta. Yes, my sister and I were basic millennials for ordering this, but if it ain't broke don't fix it right?

  • Roasted Root Hash - A yummy mix of crispy purple potatoes, --- and --- seasoned perfectly.

  • Honey butter biscuits – basically two giant clouds of sweet, carby goodness. I would do extra cardio in the gym just to have these on a regular basis.

  • Chicken Sausage - a thing I did not know even existed but am super glad I know exists. Well, maybe not since I'm not sure anywhere in the O is doing this. Normal sausage has always mades me nauseous, so I was really surprised at how freaking good this was. Super tasty with a touch of raisins (or maybe they were blueberries? I'm stilll trying it out honestly) for a nice hearty start to the day.

  • Yogurt Parfait – with Florida honey, mixed berries and Greek yogurt. I ordered this to ease my conscious for the bag of cheese puffs I devoured the day before, but it added a nice sweet touch to balance our breakfast out.

Gary, or if anyone else from the Farmhouse crew is reading this, please hurry up and open an Orlando location so a girl can get some good brunch. Much appreciated. 

 

 

Gallery: Martin Cushman

I was so fortunate to be host of our regional PBS station's local show called GALLERY.

GALLERY takes you inside the halls of prestigious museums, as well as unique private and community galleries on Central Florida. Experience the amazing beauty of expression, creativity, and the timeless qualities that identify great art.

EPISODE 7: Martin Cushman, a potter from Mt. Plymouth, Florida started making pottery in 1997. Martin’s pottery follows a tight schedule every week, but for Martin each pot is worth the effort.

Gallery: Modernism Museum

I was so fortunate to be host of our regional PBS station's local show called GALLERY.

GALLERY takes you inside the halls of prestigious museums, as well as unique private and community galleries on Central Florida. Experience the amazing beauty of expression, creativity, and the timeless qualities that identify great art.

EPISODE 6: Modernism was an art movement that moved to challenge and break classical and traditional art forms. In reaction to the Industrial Revolution, The Studio Arts Movement created art using everyday objects like furniture.