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Florida Heritage Travel, November 2010
October 28, 2010

November 2010 News And Events


The old cars in this postcard were new when I was a boy, and they were all made in America. I can identify the makes of most of them, and I might even know where this postcard photo was taken. I'm guessing it was taken near what is now known as Lori Wilson Park on State Road A1A in Cocoa Beach. There is a street at that park named I Dream Of Jeannie Lane, named after the popular TV series starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden that featured the town but was actually filmed elsewhere.

The park is named for Lori Wilson, the first woman to be a Brevard County Commissioner. She went on to a fine career in state politics and the legal profession, becoming a Florida State Senator. She was married for a time to Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, and they lived not far from here in their beachfront home known as The Pumpkin Patch. It was the scene of many social events and charity fundraisers.

Cocoa Beach shows a lot of surface glitz to the tourists who come for a visit. The original Right Stuff astronauts were popular figures driving around town in their Corvettes provided by local Chevy dealer and former Indy race car driver Jim Rathmann. With Ron Jon Surf Shop, the Cocoa Beach Pier and the white sand beaches there is plenty for a tourist to enjoy. But behind the numerous hotels and restaurants are many quiet neighborhoods where folks live their lives, go to work and school and enjoy their little town by the sea.

The citizens of Cocoa Beach enjoy a strong sense of community.


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October has been great. Air conditioning has been turned off and the cool Florida breeze has been airing out the house from its long summer staleness. November should bring more of the same. Autumn in the tropics is just about the best weather anywhere.

Here are some interesting events around Florida for November 2010. November is the beginning of art festival season, so we feature a lot of them this month.


FLORIDA WINERIES. Check the Florida winery nearest you. Many of them have wonderful weekend events that include music and wine tastings. Our site has information on 18 wineries scattered across the state.

FLORIDA FESTIVALS. October is cooling down, but there are still almost no outdoor art festivals during the month. There are quite a few folk and bluegrass music festivals , held in the cooler evening hours.

FLORIDA MUSEUMS. Many Florida art and historical museums have scheduled events. Many of these events are in the cool air conditioned interior of the museum. Click on the links to find out what is going on.

FLORIDA THEATER. This is still an active time for plays and musical events in our many Florida theaters.. Check the links to find out what might be interesting to you.

FLORIDA AUTHORS. November is a good time to relax on the beach or in a park and read a book by a Florida author.


Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. November 5-7. Seville Square. This festival is one of the most highly regarded and popular arts events in America. The three- day juried art show comes to Pensacola’s historic Seville Square the first weekend in November every year. It draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen, mixed-media artists and others.


Downtown Festival and Art Show, November 6-7. This festival transforms downtown Gainesville into a venue for award-winning artists and draws a crowd of more than 100,000. The festival celebrates its 29th anniversary in 2010. For two days, visitors can leisurely stroll through historic downtown and enjoy works from more than 250 of the nation’s most talented artists, who display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. They can also enjoy local and international cuisine and listen to live music performed on three stages.

Gainesville and Tallahassee.
The Florida Gators have two home games in Gainesville in November, and the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville on October 31. The Florida State Seminoles have three games at home in November, including one on the 27th with the Gators. Look for some busy weekends and make sure you have your rooms booked early. Here is the Gator Football Schedule and the Seminole Football Schedule.


St. Augustine
St. Augustine Fall Art & Craft Festival, November 27-28. This Thanksgiving Weekend traditional festival is held at Francis Field, West Castillo Drive next to Visitor's Center. It is St. Augustine's finest outdoor art extravaganza, with top local and national fine artists and artisans displaying jewelry, pottery, fiber art, sculpture, painting, photography and more.


Cocoa Beach
Space Coast Art Festival, November 27-28. Another of Florida's traditional Thanksgiving weekend art festivals, this one is one of the top in the Southeast, drawing high-quality artists from throughout the nation. The festival kicks off Thanksgiving morning with a 5K Turkey Trot at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a live street party with live music until 11pm. The main show begins Saturday at 9am and runs until 5pm . There is more live stage music downtown that evening until 11pm. The art show continues Sunday from 10am until 5pm.


Lake Buena Vista
Festival Of The Masters, November 12-14. The 35th Festival of the Masters presented by Sharpie® is a vibrant open-air art festival in the Downtown Disney area. Featuring nearly 150 award-winning artists, discover why this world-renowned show is a much-anticipated annual event for Guests, artists, collectors and art lovers. Showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more, this prestigious show is ranked among the country's finest outdoor art festivals. There's a lot more to enjoy, too, like amazing chalk art, live music, specialty foods and family-friendly activities. It is free of charge.


Art Harvest, November 6-7. This fall art show is held on the first weekend in November each year at Highlander Park. It is one of the largest festivals in Central West Florida. The popular event began 47 years ago and has grown into a well-respected juried show of high-quality art with balanced media involving over 200 artists. While adults browse the artists’ booths, a Children’s Pavilion provides an interactive art experience for children with arts and crafts projects related to the current year’s theme.


Sanibel Masters Art Festival, November 26-27. The show will be returning this year to the main street in Sanibel, Periwinkle Way. This is an intimate small event that features about 65 to 70 artists. There has been an art festival held on Sanibel Island for close to 20 years.


Art In The Park, November 13-14. This is a creative arts festival held in Liberty Tree Park and sponsored by Plantation Junior Woman's Club. This year's event is the 44th annual one, and it is a juried art show. The club raises money for charitable causes with this show and other events.

Information on the towns and places hosting these events, or near them, including lodging, can be found at Florida Towns.

If these events aren't convenient for you, try here for ADDITIONAL EVENTS.

In our current slow economy, some events are cancelled on very short notice. I do my best to ensure that our information is correct and current, but I recommend you call before leaving for the event to make sure it's still on.


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Regards, Mike Miller
Chief Backroads Traveler

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