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Saying goodbye to wonderful memories


The alarm clock radio belted out, “Money, it’s a gas.” The year: 1973, and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” was the perfect tune to motivate. Half asleep, I grabbed the first thing in my closet — a muslin peasant shirt, tan Levi cords and desert boots — and gave a quick brush to my eyelids with liquid Max […]

Thornton Park Neighborhood Association discusses growth


The Thornton Park Neighborhood Association met on May 14 for their spring quarterly meeting. The evening started off with a guest speaker, Mark Kinchla, who is proposing a townhome project, called the T-Park 11, at 1000 E. Robinson St., next to Howard Middle School. Kinchla has been meeting with neighbors, and had just received a letter of support from the […]

Lake Eola Heights Historic District


The scent of orange blossoms filled the air as it swirled in and out of the miles and miles of citrus groves. The Golden Era of Orlando was thriving; Orlando quickly became the center of the citrus industry. This all took place right under your feet, in the heart of our City Beautiful. From roughly 1875 to 1895, the downtown […]

A sign of natural Florida beauty comes to Lawsona/Fern Creek


Dickson Azalea Park was dedicated to the City of Orlando in 1924, creating a small jewel in the heart of the City’s historic districts. It beams with natural beauty and provides a welcome respite from the busy City it resides in. Two of the main features of the park are its abundant variety of azaleas — imported by the park’s […]

Get your old house ready for summer


Spring is upon us, and it’s time to do a little seasonal maintenance for your old house to keep things humming into the summer. I’ve put together this little guide specifically tailored to Florida’s weather to help you focus on what matters and make the most of your honey-do list. This spring checklist can be completed in one Saturday (unless […]

DIY home kits of old: Sears Modern Homes


Sears, Montgomery Wards, and Gordon-Van Tine were some of the companies offering kit-built homes. But the Sears Modern Homes were most successful, with approximately 70,000 mail-order, kit-built homes sold. These homes were delivered via railroad between 1908 and 1940 with a concentration in the Eastern Seaboard area. In a time when the U.S. was experiencing a great economic boom, housing […]

Why I love old houses


There is something special about old houses. The incredible craftsmanship, the quality materials — but most precious is the history and stories they tell. It’s easy to get caught up in the nuts and bolts of how to fix things, but sometimes I need to remember why I do what I do as a preservation contractor. So, I thought I’d […]

Beer, glorious, local beer…


Do you believe Benjamin Franklin coined the thought that beer was proof God loves mankind? Have you ever bowed before your stein while reciting immortal quotes from Homer Simpson regarding “sweet beer”? When it comes to providing a local identity, beer reigns supreme in the tasty beverage world. Home brewing is a great hobby for many. Some make it a […]

The Melrose Center ignites creativity in the community


What do you picture when you think of the library? Books and computers are pretty standard. How about recording songs in a professional studio, using a DSLR camera, and operating a flight simulator? The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity opened in February 2014. This 26,000-square-foot space was designed with creators and curious library patrons in mind. […]

IOA Corporate 5k Company Spotlight: Florida Department of Health in Orange County — Walking the Talk

Team Florida Department of Health in Orange County lives out its mission in every sense of the word. On April 12, its 100 team members will take to the streets in the IOA Corporate 5k as runners and walkers who care about the health of their workplace and the community they serve. Track Shack Events spoke with the team captains […]


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