Timucua Arts is an Orlando Gem

Timucua Arts Foundation is a home. A real home where people live. It’s also an event space for musicians and music performances that is unlike any other. A three story space that has every instrument imaginable and which has featured international musicians, Grammy award winners, and countless others. This tour of the space with founder Benoit Glazer is something you have to see to believe. Watch it below.

The mission says it all:

This, we believe:

Art and music belong to everyone.

Art and music are the highest manifestation of our humanity.

Art and music should be enjoyed in the most intimate venue: the living room.

Every community is better when art and music are performed and nurtured within it.

The mission of the Timucua Arts Foundation is to present and inspire great music and art in Central Florida through performance and education.

This FAQ page will answer all your questions.

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Event Space Address:
2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL
32806

Fill Your Life with Flair from Craft & Common

Craft & Common is a new coffee and retail combo in downtown Orlando filled with ferns, femininity, funky trinkets, and plenty of fabulous photo ops.

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Craft & Common lives up to its name with a full craft coffee and espresso bar, including pastries and other baked goods.  Pictured here is a very satisfying everything croissant that caught my eye.  They also make a cheddar jalapeno croissant and store a selection of vegan breakfast sandwiches in the cooler.

Shelves upon shelves of brightly colored gifts and dainty knick-knacks line the walls of Craft & Common's spacious layout.

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You can't have a storefront these days without a super cute backdrop to take fun photos with while you peruse the goods. Craft & Common does not disappoint with the Biggie Smalls reference, "It was all a dream."

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Parking is in the back of the building and there's plenty of seating and table space for bigger groups for hanging out with friends or holding meetings.

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Craft & Common

47 E Robinson Street, Ste 100
Orlando, FL 32801

www.craftandcommon.com
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Tina Fleming is a partner at Townie Tourist and an Orlando-based travel and lifestyle blogger at Tina In The Sun. She's a cat mom, self-proclaimed foodie, and moonlight singer in an a cappella group called Geekapella.

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Greenwood Cemetery: An Orlando History Lesson

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Greenwood Cemetery is one of the most unique places to visit in Orlando.  It's close to downtown and in a neighborhood full of brick streets and historic residential homes.  The area is loaded with trees and wetlands and the air here is thick and humid.  Bring bug spray and sunscreen.  (I should just add that in my bio since I say it all the time.)

If you're looking for history and a tour like no other, then add Greenwood to your list of places to visit in Central Florida.  Never have I experienced a more informative, unique, and humorous walk through a city's history. 

Don Price is Orlando's Sexton.  Historically, a sexton is someone who looked after a church graveyard.  The meaning has changed a bit and this cemetery isn't affiliated with one specific church.  Don is a record-keeper, a historian, the story-saver of our region. 

His tour covers Orlando history from the beginning up to modern day.  We got him out on a Saturday morning to share an abbreviated tour with us. You can walk along with us at the bottom of this post. 

History of Greenwood Cemetery Up until the 1880s, the people of Orlando had no permanent burial location, leading to many lost graves and confusion. After a heady newspaper campaign, by publisher Mahlon Gore, eight Orlando residents pulled together $1,800 to buy 26 acres of land and the cemetery was created. 

The original layout of Greenwood Cemetery was designed by Samuel A. Robinson and is laid out in a unique circular pattern. It's true that you can't get lost. Just keep going left and you'll end up at the beginning. 

There are free walking tours available throughout the year, but your best bet is to send an email or call Don's office at the number below to be sure you can secure a date/time. In October he hosts night time haunted tours that are a hoot! Also kind of creepy. Be ready to walk about a mile and wear sturdy shoes. Maybe consider bringing a flashlight to that one.

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Greenwood Cemetery 

Greenwood Cemetery
1603 Greenwood St.
Orlando, Florida 32801
407-246-2616
greenwood@cityoforlando.net

For information in Spanish: Click Here!

 

Directions to Greenwood Cemetery

Coming from 408 East (Oviedo/UCF area):

  • Travel west on 408

  • Exit on 11B toward East South Street

  • Merge onto East South Street

  • Turn left on Mills Avenue

  • Take 3rd left onto Greenwood Street

Coming from 408 West (I-4/Downtown):

  • Travel east on 408 to exit 11B toward Mills Avenue

  • Merge onto East Anderson Street

  • Turn right on Mills Avenue

  • Take 3rd left onto Greenwood Street

 
 

Watch the Townie Tourist tour with Brendan from Bungalower and Don Price.👇

Lake Eola: Orlando's Central Park

Lake Eola was originally part of a 200 acre plot of land purchased by the 'Cattle King of Florida' Jacob Summerlin. On the south side of that land was a sinkhole, combined with the aquifer underneath, the body of water that formed was Lake Eola. 

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In 1888 Lake Eola was recognized as a park after being donated to the public in 1883. 

There are five types of swans you'll see: Black Neck swans, Whooper swans, Royal Mute swans, Trumpeter swans, and Australian Black swans. There's an annual round-up each year where they're checked out by a swan veterinarian, vaccinated, catalogued and returned to the lake. 

Swan Tip: Remember to only feed the swans spinach, lettuces, or duck pellets. 

The Linton E. Allen fountain spews out 6500 gallons of water every minute. It was built in 1957 and patterned after fountains of Europe. Struck by lightning in 2009, it underwent a renovation and has been completely restored. Did you know you can actually go INSIDE the fountain? Maybe we could do that for Townie Tourist. Wouldn't that be cool?

The Sperry Fountain is actually the second fountain. The original is now located in Greenwood Cemetery. The fountain is made of wrought iron and has a duck base and water flows from an acanthus leaf. 

The Band Shell was built in 1886 and originally placed on the south side of the lake. It was completely moved and reconstructed on the west side and now sits at the foot of Washington Street near the main entrance to the park.  

Downtown Orlando on Saturday Night

We recently toured downtown Orlando with Brendan from Bungalower and Lisa from The S*%#$! Beautiful. For those who are unfamiliar, The S*%#$! Beautiful is an Instagram account that offers a view from the loo while exploring the City Beautiful. The account was started after its creator had a collection of drunkenly deemed artsy bathroom photos, with no solid purpose. In an effort to unite those who become an artist under the influence, the project was born. The page is open to content submission and follows the tag #DMWhileYouBM, but please do NOT DM your actual BM.

We toured a variety of locations from new clubs to old dive bars, to try and find something for everyone. And of course, this round-up includes a review of each spot’s restroom.

Mather’s - We had to hate from outside the club because we couldn’t even get in. Mather’s has a dress code and with one member of our group in a T-shirt, hat and sneakers it was a no-go for us. So dress the part if you plan to visit.

Celine - What is now Celine is what use to be Vain, but if it wasn’t for the rooftop lounge I wouldn’t have been able to tell. Neon lights, white couches and hanging greenery, this place has had a solid renovation with a modern feel. Until you get the bathrooms, which looks great all around with lots of mirrors, but is unfinished under the sinks. Celine had the best drinks of the night, served by a super sweet bartender. I ordered a Forget Me Not, which hides the taste of alcohol really well, but somehow is one of their strongest drinks and I could definitely feel it. (On your way in or out be sure not miss the hilarious Buddy Dyer picture they have hanging on the first floor.)  

Shots Bar - This spot opened up a few months ago and is focused on – wait for it – SHOTS. I didn’t actually try anything here, but Brendan opted for a S’mores shot. They actually light the bar on fire. There is probably something new here for everyone. The bathroom was fully finished, nice and clean (which I am super appreciative of), but nothing special with average lighting and decent mirror offerings.

One unique feature of Shots are the wacky hats they have attached to cords and hanging from the walls. With the right group of people and sufficient alcohol I’m sure all hygiene concerns will cease to exist as you take advantage of this for a SnapStory or Boomerang. Then look for Rid lice shampoo at Walgreens or CVS.

Joysticks - As a kid who grew up without video game consoles, I am so surprised at how much I liked this place. Joysticks is basically video game and  science fiction nerds’ dream evening outing with a Star Wars themed lounge, arcade games and a plethora of collectibles for decor. It was a very immersive experience that was consistently themed in every aspect.

The ladies’ room was the best of the night with Ms.Pac-Man themed, super pink glitter sink and the absolute best lighting with ring light mirrors! It had me glowing from every angle. However, as you walk past the men’s room you’ll find a male attendant and a tray of personal care items for them to freshen up. Um…. what’s up with that? Guys I’ve spoken to about this have pretty much told me it’s super unnecessary and they’re kinda weirded about about a dude just standing around in there. Sooo, maybe move this idea over to the ladies’ room instead because I feel like we’d make better use of and appreciate this service.

With all the great things Joysticks has to offer, there is one drawback – worst drink of the night. I tried the Nosferatus, which was recommended after I said I was a fan of whisky, but it tasted medicinal. Jenny tried a non-alcoholic beverage but she wasn’t a fan of the super-sweet offering.

Hanson’s -  Hands down the most chill place we visited all night. Do not, I repeat, do not come here with a wild, loud group of your drunk friends. You'll disturb the ~vibe~. Fun fact, this speakeasy use to be a shoe repair shop and had the first electric sign in Orlando. You can hang at the bar or find a quiet seating area in the corner, but please do not miss out on  the awesome patio they have.

The bathrooms carry on the rest of the spot’s old-timey feel, but with better lighting than I expected. One of the bathrooms (because there’s a few and I believe a secret one? Maybe too many drinks and flights of stairs at this point) has a gold-framed free-standing mirror that oddly hung. If you’re looking for a not-so-basic bathroom selfie, you can contort yourself to try this one.  Would make for a fun S*%#$! Beautiful submission, juuust saying.

Tanqueray - I use to talk past this place four times a week and wonder what it was really like. I should have just kept wondering because the visit crushed everything I dreamed of.  It sounds like a super cool, upscale jazz lounge, but as a member of the generation that supposedly is putting an end to smoking, the fact that this place smells like a straight ashtray was a huge turn-off. I was pretty much out after checking out their bathroom which for some reason reminds me of the kind you’d find in a subway tunnel.

(NOTE: This is where the group splits up and goes separate ways. Jenny, Lisa, Brendan, and Scottie headed to the Hen House on Wall Street and then stopped at The Courtesy. Bathrooms are pictured above in the photo gallery. We had talked earlier about how Jenny felt creeped out being downtown. There are sidewalks full of people in various states of inebriation and she was super uncomfortable. She rarely comes downtown to events after dark for just this reason.)

I met up with other friends and went to Swig , which had a pretty good DJ who did what Saturday night DJs are suppose to do – play hits everyone knows. I didn’t check out the bathroom here, but the bartenders were super friendly and generous with their pours.

As the night was ending we made our way over to Gito’s, but encountered one major interruption that is one of the biggest cons of spending time in our downtown environment.

Walking along and ignoring a guy shouting to get my attention, he decided to grab my arm and forced me to spin around to come face-to-face with him. I’m not sure how he thought that would be effective in getting my number or whatever he was after, but it is not how you shoot your shot in 2k18. Fellas, do better. There is nothing particularly unique about this experience – which is the problem. It happens all the time. Getting physical with women you don’t know is not attractive in any way whatsoever. 

Show some respect with your greeting or introduction and it’ll go a long way. If your approach doesn’t work out, take that respect, apply it to the curve and just move on. There’s a lesson in every loss, and there are plenty of other fish in the sea.