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The Way We Were: Billy Bluebeard, the tyrant swan of Lake Lucerne

The swans of Lake Eola might seem like they have always ruled the downtown kingdom—they even have boats in their honor. Quite honestly, the only time they do not seem in total control of their fiefdom is during their annual swan health roundup, or, their personal check up with a veterinarian. The story of Orlando’s “beloved” swans, however, begins at Lake Lucerne.  Once […]

Drama and Comedy at the Orlando Opera House


What do William Shakespeare, Jefferson Davis, and a razorback hog have in common? The opera, of course! In 1884, Charles Weimer hired N.C. Stubblefield to construct an opera house on the east side of Court Street, between Pine and Church. The wooden structure had windows lining the front and sides for ventilation with double doors opening directly into an auditorium […]

The way we were: caught in the act


Somedays, a job in Orlando law enforcement means cracking a murder by poison at the San Juan Hotel (detailed in the June issue), and somedays the job involves a harrowing courthouse shooting (from the July issue). Other days, the job may be slightly more… unusual. That didn’t curb the dedication and creativity shown by Orlando Police Sergeants Robert Chewning and […]


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