December 2019 News and Events
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ST. CLOUD, FLORIDA. YANKEES IN CATFISH COUNTRY
St. Cloud is about 5 miles east of Kissimmee on U.S. Highway 192. Much of the business activity in both towns is centered along this highway.
This town of 35,000 people is on the south shore of East Lake Tohopekaliga. Most local folks call it East Lake Toho. It is a round lake about 4 or 5 miles in diameter with marshy shores known for its good fishing.
In 1909, a development company bought 35,000 acres for the site of a Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) veteran's colony. The GAR was a huge fraternal organization formed in 1866 and composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the Civil War.
READ MORE ABOUT ST. CLOUD
RECOMMENDED ST. CLOUD RESTAURANT
The Catfish Place2324 13th StreetSt. Cloud, Florida 34769Tel: 407-892-5771
I've been visiting The Catfish Place since it opened in 1973. You won't be surprised to learn that this restaurant features seafood, and especially catfish.
Their catfish is reportedly delivered fresh daily from Lake Okeechobee to the south. It certainly tastes fresh, and I've never been disappointed in the quality or quantity of their meals.
READ MORE ABOUT THE CATFISH PLACE ON THIS ST. CLOUD PAGE
Click on Cover learn about Mike Miller's new book coming out on November 26, 2019.
Please join me at Barrel of Books and Games for the launch for my latest book, Florida Day Trips by Theme. Free and open to the public. (128 W. 4th Ave, Mount Dora, Florida 32757), on Saturday December 7 at Noon.
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December has some cold snaps which are welcome after the hot months we've
had this summer and fall. November was hotter than usual, but we had a cold snap toward the end of the month and actually turned on the heat in our homes and cars. Many of our snowbirds have com back, so the lines are a bit longer at the attractions and restaurants. Sometimes it's even to cold to eat outside.
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FLORIDA EVENTS FOR DECEMBER:
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 27 wineries scattered across the state. We plan to add even more when we have time to visit them.
FLORIDA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. We have an extensive list of Florida Tourist Attractions. Some of them are well known; other are a wonderful step
back into Old Florida.
FLORIDA FESTIVALS. There are several outside events this time of year. Among these are outdoor art festivals and folk and bluegrass music festivals.
BEST BEACHES IN FLORIDA. Almost anything you decide to do in Florida can be enhanced by spending some quality time at a great beach, and best beaches in Florida will guide you in the right direction.
FLORIDA MUSEUMS. Many Florida art and historical museums have scheduled events. Click on the links to find out what is going on.
FLORIDA THEATER. This is 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. Any time is a good time to read a book by a Florida author. Our most visited author pages are those of Randy Wayne White, the creator of adventurous marine biologist Doc Ford, Tim Dorsey and his unlikely protagonist, serial killer Serge Storms, and Robert N. Macomber, and his historical novels featuring Captain Peter Wake of the U.S. Navy.
Here is a useful link that will tell you what is going on this month virtually everywhere in Florida.FLORIDA FESTIVALS AND OTHER EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 2019
Information on the towns and places hosting these events, or near them, including lodging, can be found at Florida Towns.
A few 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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