Pilot your brain-plane into a four-way collision with history, nature, and wildlife at the Tallahassee Museum, where wild-lovers can wander 52 acres of Florida florae and faunae as it floridly lounges in the state's natural greenhouse atmosphere. Saunter along the Habitat Trail, via elevated boardwalks that allow you to view animals from above without intruding into their habitats and TV-watching habits. In addition to waterfowl, foxes, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and river otters, you’ll catch glimpses of the endangered Florida panther, the state’s official mammal, and the endangered red wolf. Step into the pre-Internet world your parents and older siblings grew up in at Big Bend Farm, an 1880s living farmstead with a restored period farmhouse and kitchen, as well as reconstructions of an outhouse, blacksmith shed, and smokehouse. Historical voyeurs, meanwhile, can peer inside the rear windows of the restored 1850s plantation house of Catherine Murat, George Washington’s great-grandniece, who later became part of French royalty by marrying Prince Achille Murat, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. With a plethora of annual events coming up, such as the upcoming Market Days on Dec. 4 and 5, you’ll have plenty of more stimulating things to do this winter than hibernate and alphabetize your action figures.
The framing masters at Picture Frames Unlimited LLC don’t frame art; they frame memories. They specialize in memorializing artwork and niche articles such as stitchery, antique clothing, and memorabilia. Owners Mary and Karen wield materials such as frames, matting, and premium glass for projects, resulting in presentations that combine quality, creativity, and custom attention to each piece.
As its name suggests, Poor Paul’s Pourhouse provides patrons exclusively with pourables including beer, cocktails, and shots. The bar features a number of freebies such as dartboards with steel-tip darts, four pool tables, and Thursday-night trivia. On Sundays and Mondays, the staff complements drinks with slices of free Gumby’s pizza. The interior features classic, unpretentious wood accents that suggest a recreational haven more than a stuffy boardroom. High-backed wood booths broadcast their coziness and ability to promote posture better than a drill sergeant teaching first graders to the drinkers reveling under understated track lighting. Owner Jim Smith has been preserving this familiar bar atmosphere since taking it over in 1976.
Expert hands, marked by the evidence of careful labor, bring together frames with gilded baroque flourishes or sleek contemporary lines to shelter photos, paintings, mirrors, and cross-stitch samplers at Frames +. Computerized onsite mat cutting makes pieces seem to leap from the wall with color-complementing depth, drawing out the greens of a mountainscape or adding to the crayon signature on a fake diploma. Jerseys and souvenirs nestle in shadow boxes, and antique photos stay safe with conservation framing that preserves the visages of ancestors who traveled to America on the Mayflower or the barnacled back of a generous whale.:
For more than a decade, Raindance Irrigation has transformed overgrown yards into verdant, manicured lawns. The team clips grass and maintains irrigation systems rather than encouraging homeowners to stick their heads out the window when they cry.