At Tallahassee Italian Family Festa, held each year since 2010, Italian and Italian-American culture is celebrated in all of its forms. Bocce tournaments, a Madonnari sidewalk-chalk art competition, and a silent auction are just a few attractions, and spectators can fuel up with gelato, meatball sandwiches, and Italian beer and wine. Italian cars and motorcycles gleam in an exhibition, showing off their sleek surfaces and revving their motors with an Italian trill. There's also a children's area where kids can participate in face painting, a grape stomp, and other activities.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Florida State University's international travel programs and CIAO! Italian Club Tallahassee.
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.:
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.
Sheep graze in the grass. Sweat drips down the brows of men working the turpentine still as its steam rises. A great black steam engine sits at the train depot. A horse and buggy rattles as it travels over the fields. At the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, visitors step back in time to a 19th-century village and farm. On the grounds, visitors can see a variety of areas including a traditional farm community, a progressive farmstead, an industrial-sites complex, and a rural town, all spread over 95 acres. The Victorian home of Tifton's founder Captain H. H. Tift stands in testament to the finer side of the past with ornate silk wallpaper, heart-pine floors, and Victorian paintings. Throughout the park, patrons can ride in a horse-drawn wagon or talk to a farm laborer as he tends the fields, while farm animals and costumed interpreters complete the backdrop of this vast park.
Giant oak trees and old-growth flowering camellias surround The Daffodale Estate, a grand Victorian home built in 1897. Those trees create an aura of mystery that matches the puzzling rumors and ghost stories associated with the property. Ghost-hunting teams have visited in the past, documenting paranormal activity with cameras and motion detectors. One of the teams sensed the presence of a ghostly family with a young child. There's also a Civil War?era slave cemetery nearby, and an Indian mound said to date back more than 1,000 years.
Despite its paranormal reputation, the manor is home to more than just ghosts. The spirit of hospitality also permeates the stately house, which hosts outdoor weddings and parties that spread out across three acres of manicured garden space. Inside, a Victorian dining room filled with period furnishings frequently fills with the friendly din of conversation during the house's lively luncheons and tea parties.
The Taste of Thomasville Food Tour is a culinary exploration of the charming, historic town of Thomasville. Covering approximately 1.4 miles over the course of three hours, the tour introduces visitors to delicious foods as a guide entertains them with facts and anecdotes about local history. The tour’s eateries rotate frequently, but past stops have included Jonah’s Fish & Grits, Grassroots Coffee, Moonspin Pizza, and Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop.