Gators and Wildcats and Snakes, Oh My!

Augustus Milton Nicholson was in his 20s when he arrived in Orlando around 1885. At the time, the city already had doctors, blacksmiths, teachers, hoteliers, and even an undertaker. But, there was one profession Orlando was still missing: a taxidermist. According to Eve Bacon’s Orlando: A Centennial History, Nicholson was the first taxidermist in Orlando. His shop, located somewhere along […]

Day Trippin’: Lake Wales

Known as the Crown Jewel of the Ridge, Lake Wales sits in the center of the state, about 54 miles southwest of Orlando, just off Highway 27 and State Road 60. With its historic roots, its quirky qualities, and its persona of a small city with a hometown atmosphere, Lake Wales is a true Floridiana find. Lake Wales history Lake […]

Hit the SAK

For nearly three decades, SAK Comedy Lab has been a landmark in downtown Orlando. Unlike many organizations that have that kind of staying power, it embraces inconsistency by providing a unique show or shows every night through the improvisational talents of its ensemble and other troupes. The improv philosophy — saying “yes, and,” embracing failure, and trusting others — is […]

Counting my blessings

When I started writing the O-Town Art articles for the Downtown Community Paper I had no idea how many blessings would come my way. Tuesday night the spirit of Christmas came to the Dr. Phillips Center with the production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” A post WWII America needed Mr. Berlin’s story of love and redemption, and maybe it is […]

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