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 serves its community's families, students, and children by studying the intersection of art and science with permanent and rotating collections, interactive and traditional exhibits, and educational programs that adhere to its mission statement. Each membership graces its card-gripper with free admission to the museum, free oxygen, and a 10% discount at the shop. Official Broganites are also invited to exhibit preview parties, given discounts on various programs and events, and gifted with the ability to walk or astrally project into almost 300 science centers across the world. The family membership includes all of the above for two adults and for every child living at home under the age of 18, along with discounts on camps, birthday parties, and facility rentals.
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.
For 35 years, Tallahassee’s premier spook masters have concocted the scares behind the city's longest-running haunted attraction. Tyler Telander, Tom Tiernan, and Jefferson Slosek populate the dense forest with witches, skeletons, and ghouls, as well as more unconventional sights such as a Star Trek Borg, a gigantic Shrek head, and a homemade, fully functional Stargate. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to support UNICEF.
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.
Manning a fleet of Robinson R44 whirlybirds, the pilots of Tallahassee Helicopters introduce sightseers to the clouds through tours and commercial flights, and also train new crops of aspiring pilots. Flights depart from Tallahassee Regional Airport, shuttling passengers into the great blue yonder to see the downtown skyline, local country clubs, lakes, and parks from above. The service also offers lunch and dinner tours, allowing tourists to make a strong impression as they arrive at restaurants in style and carve their steaks with the helicopter’s whirling tail rotor.
The company also operates its own academy, where students begin with introductory flights that put them in control of the helicopter for 90% of their flying time. The full piloting program prepares students for their first solo flights, while the R44 transition program teaches already licensed pilots the nuances of operating the R44 helicopter.