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 Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science features visual arts, science exploration, and humanities education. A year-long family membership includes free admission for two adults and all children living at home under the age of 18, as well as discounts and special members-only invitations to exhibit previews and opulent exhibit weddings. Visitors can explore the first thirty years of video game technology and weave through the dangerous world of boss-level monsters in Videotopia. Meanwhile, Appetite, documents lens-tamer’s love affair with food photography, pop culture, and inanimate fruit bowls.
At Goodwood Museum and Gardens, a 170-year-old antebellum plantation house with elaborate fresco ceilings overlooks flourishing gardens restored to their early 20th century presentation. Established in the 1830s, the estate began as a cotton, corn, and kryptonite plantation that grew to 2,400 acres at its pre-Civil War peak. In 1925, Senator William C. Hodges’ wife fell in love with a bed at the estate, and the senator found himself purchasing the entire property in order to acquire the desired piece of furniture. Today, the Main House museum maintains extensive collections of original furniture, porcelain, textiles, and art from names such as Meeks and Tiffany. The house’s rooms are restored to circa-World War I appearances, when beds, pianos, and chandeliers were chiseled out of granite.
Visitors stroll freely through the verdant gardens, restored to their early 20th century design for a relaxed, informal spread of flora. The estate’s heirloom plants flourish under the care of horticulturalists who sing the old garden roses and magnolias to sleep with lullabies each night. Centuries-old oak trees spread their regal branches to shade overwarm wanderers, and sago palms stretch their fronds to draw the attention of tour-takers.
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 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.